456 Journalists Forced Into Exile Since 2008

Data covers June 1, 2008, through May 31, 2013

Exile by Region

203 Africa
132 Middle East & North Africa
58 Asia
47 Americas
16 Europe & Central Asia
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Reasons for Exile*

47% Threat of
Imprisonment
53% Threat of Violence
13% Imprisonment
8% Violence
12% Harassment
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All figures are rounded to the nearest full percentage point. *May add up to more than 100 percent because more than one category applies in some cases.



Able to Work as Journalist in Exile

21% Continue Working in Exile
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Able to Return Home

7% Able to Return Home
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Top Countries From Which They Flee

  1. Iran: 82
  2. Somalia: 70
  3. Ethiopia: 45
  4. Eritrea: 30
  5. Sri Lanka: 26
  6. Iraq: 20
  7. Cuba: 19
  8. Syria: 18
  9. Rwanda: 16
  10. Pakistan: 15

Top Countries to Which They Go

  1. U.S.: 111
  2. Kenya: 63
  3. Turkey: 33
  4. Uganda: 27
  5. France: 23
  6. Sweden: 16
  7. U.K.: 15
  8. India: 11
  9. Canada: 9
  10. Norway: 9
  11. Germany: 8