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Pakistani reporter Umar Cheema speaks out on the climate of impunity that led to his being abducted and brutally assaulted for his work. [View a larger version of the video here.]


Analysis

Undue Process in Massacre Trial

The fight for justice has intensified in rhetoric and bogged down in technicalities.

Analysis

Internet 'Crime' Laws

Cybercrime laws are being broadened to criminalize standard journalistic practices.
 
Analysis
As journalists continue to be targeted, the government of Asif Ali Zardari has shown itself unable and unwilling to stand up for a free press. Whatever solutions exist will have to be found by people in the profession.

Analysis
Internet users posed ever-bigger challenges to Beijing's media controls, boosting debate on public safety and censorship. But ahead of a 2012 leadership transition, the Chinese Communist Party looks likely to fiercely suppress dissent.

Analysis

Local Links Key in Afghanistan

International news media rely heavily on Afghan colleagues to cover the war. While Afghans often do the same work as their international counterparts, they run greater risk and face a far more uncertain future.


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Deaths by Type in 2011


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2Combat/Crossfire

Regional Data

13

Journalists Killed in 2011

81

Journalists In Exile 2001-11



238

Journalists Killed Since 1992

51

Imprisoned on December 1, 2011



156

Unsolved Journalist Murders Since 1992

3

Missing as of December 31, 2011


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Afghanistan

2 Killed in 2011. The nation is one of the world's deadliest for the press over time.

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Burma

12 Imprisoned in December 2011, one of the highest figures in the world.

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China

17 Jailed Uighurs and Tibetans, constituting more than half of the 27 journalists imprisoned overall.
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India

13th Impunity Index ranking, reflecting one of the world's worst records in combating anti-press violence.

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Indonesia

75% Journalist murder victims who covered corruption.
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Nepal

4 Convictions in two separate journalist murders, a bright spot in anti-impunity efforts.

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Pakistan

7 Killed in 2011, making Pakistan the world's deadliest nation for the second year in a row.
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Philippines

2nd Deadliest nation for the press since 1992. Only Iraq is worse.

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Sri Lanka

9 Journalists murdered since Rajapaksa rose to power. No convictions have been obtained.
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Thailand

875 Lèse majesté complaints filed between 2006 and 2010.

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Vietnam

5 Journalistic bloggers jailed in 2011. Four others were imprisoned earlier.

Country reports in this chapter were written and researched by CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Bob Dietz, Senior Research Associate Madeline Earp, and Bangkok-based Senior Southeast Asia Representative Shawn W. Crispin.


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