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2009

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CPJ's 2009 prison census: Freelance journalists under fire

Demonstrators demand the release of documentary filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, jailed in China after interviewing Tibetans. (AFP)

New York, December 8, 2009—Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In its annual census of imprisoned journalists, CPJ found a total of 136 reporters, editors, and photojournalists behind bars on December 1, an increase of 11 from the 2008 tally. (Read detailed accounts of each imprisoned journalist.) A massive crackdown in Iran, where 23 journalists are now in jail, fueled the worldwide increase.

Alerts   |   Uzbekistan

Uzbek appeals court should overturn harsh sentence

New York, September 3, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Samarkand Regional Court in central Uzbekistan to overturn on appeal a 12 and a half year jail sentence given to independent journalist Dilmurod Saiid. His appeal is scheduled for review September 8. 

September 3, 2009 4:53 PM ET

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Two independent journalists jailed in Uzbekistan

New York, February 26, 2009--Two independent journalists arrested on trumped-up charges should be released immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

February 26, 2009 4:58 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press in 2008: Uzbekistan

Throughout the year, President Islam Karimov's administration sought to persuade the European Union and Western nations that it was on a path of reform. It urged the EU to lift sanctions imposed in 2005 after Uzbek troops killed hundreds of citizens during antigovernment protests in the eastern city of Andijan. Lobbying efforts notwithstanding, the government maintained a deplorable press freedom record. With six reporters in prison in late year, Uzbekistan was the region's leading  jailer of journalists. International broadcast media remained blocked, and government security agents enforced censorship rules on domestic news media.

February 10, 2009 12:05 AM ET

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