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Record number of journalists in jail globally after Turkey crackdown

13 December 2016
Record number of journalists in jail globally after Turkey crackdown

More journalists have been imprisoned this year by governments around the world than at any time in nearly 30 years, primarily because of the crackdown in Turkey after the failed coup in July.

According to the annual survey compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), there were 259 journalists in jail as of 1 December, and at least 81 of those were in Turkish prisons.

All of the editors, writers, cartoonists and photographers detained in Turkey are facing anti-state charges, the press freedom organisation said in its report.

It is believed to be the highest number of journalists ever held in one country at one time. Dozens of other journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, but CPJ was unable to confirm a direct link to their work.

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