Front-line reports and analytical essays by CPJ experts cover an array of topics of critical importance to journalists. Governments store transactional data and the content of journalists’ communications. Media and money engage in a tug of war, with media owners reluctant to draw China’s disfavor and advertisers able to wield surprising clout. In Syria, journalists are determined to distribute the news amid the chaos of conflict. In Vietnam, the government makes a heavy-handed bid to bring the Internet under control. And globally, eliminating witnesses has become an all too easy method of stymying justice when journalists are assassinated.

Europe & Central Asia

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Calls for journalists to exercise a sense of responsibility are very often code for censorship. Yet unethical journalism can also imperil the press.
The Gezi Park protests force some independent-minded journalists to confront the media’s unwillingness to take on the government.

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8 Imprisoned on December 1
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45 Arbitrary detentions
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370 Lawmakers urge change of Course

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386 Anti-press violations
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11 Physically attacked
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42 Months in prison

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9th Impunity Index ranking
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131 Websites blocked
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40 Journalists in prison

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139 Violations against the press
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United Kingdom

1 Paper accused of treason
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7 Year prison sentence for exiled activist

Country reports in this chapter were researched and written by Nina Ognianova, CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, along with CPJ Research Associate Muzaffar Suleymanov, CPJ’s Brussels-based senior adviser, Jean-Paul Marthoz, and CPJ’s U.K.-based consultant, Elisabeth Witchel.

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