452 Journalists Forced Into Exile Since 2010

Cases assisted by CPJ from June 1, 2010, through May 31, 2015


Top Countries
from Which They Flee

101 Syria
57 Ethiopia
52 Iran
32 Eritrea
25 Somalia
18 Cuba
16 Pakistan
11 Sudan
11 Iraq
8 Libya

Top Countries
to Which They Go

92 U.S.
71 Turkey
65 Kenya
33 France
19 Uganda
14 Germany
12 Sweden
12 Sudan
12 Lebanon
10 Egypt
9 Ethiopia

Exile by Region

193 Middle East & North Africa
164 Africa
41 Americas
40 Asia
14 Europe & Central Asia
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Reasons for Exile*

42% Threat of
40% Threat of Violence
22% Imprisonment
15% Violence
35% 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

17% Continue Working in Exile
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Able to Return Home

4% Able to Return Home
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CPJ's annual exile report counts only cases who have been supported by the organization’s Journalist Assistance Program. CPJ uses this research, combined with expert analysis, to identify global trends. The survey includes only journalists who fled due to work-related persecution, who remained in exile for at least three months, and whose current whereabouts and activities are known to CPJ. The survey does not include the many journalists and media workers who leave their countries for professional opportunities, or to flee general violence, or those who were targeted for activities other than journalism, such as political activism.