Latest news from the Committee to Protect Journalists reveals that a record-breaking number of journalists were incarcerated worldwide in 2016.
Largely due to a media crackdown in Turkey following the failed coup earlier this Summer, 259 members of the media were in jails as of December 1. This is the highest number reported by CPJ since they began keeping records in 1990.
At least 81 reporters and journalists are currently imprisoned in Turkey for reasons related to their work, the highest number of arrests by any single country at any given point in time, according to CPJ. There are also dozens more imprisoned in Turkey, although a direct link to their work could not be established.
“Every day that Turkey’s journalists languish in jail in violation of that country’s own laws, Turkey’s standing in the world is diminished,” said CPJ executive director Joel Simon.
China, Egypt, Eritrea and Ethiopia round out the top five worst jailers of journalists around the globe. North American journalists are in prison in Panama and Cuba.