Jailing of journalists worldwide hits record high, activist group says


Turkey remains the biggest jailer of journalists for the second year in a row, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday in reporting that the number of journalists jailed around the world hit a record high in 2017.

The organization, a nonprofit, nonpartisan activist group based in New York, said it had confirmed that 262 people were in government custody for reasons directly related to their work as journalists as of Dec. 1. That’s three more that the previous record, set last year.

The author of the report, Elana Beiser, editorial director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, or CPJ, said the trend “reflects a dismal failure by the international community to address a global crisis in freedom of the press.”

Image: Recep Erdogan and Donald Trump

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with U.S President Donald Trump at the White House on May 16.