New Report: China Is Top Journalist Jailer

Dec 6, 2007 8:33am

China tops the list of world’s biggest jailer of journalists, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide. "We can encourage it to change, but until its government sees value in having a free press, China will continue throwing journalists into jail," CPJ’s Asia director Bob Dietz told ABC News. China has detained more journalists than any other country for nine consecutive years, according to the CPJ report. Dietz said China has failed to meet its promises to improve press freedom before the 2008 Olympics, as reported earlier on the Blotter on ABCNews.com. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS Blotter Watchdogs: China Bullies Journalists, IOC Stands Mute Click Here for Full Blotter Coverage. "Nothing’s changed for Chinese journalists since 2001; if anything, it’s gotten tougher for journalists in China," said Dietz. The Chinese Embassy did not immediately respond to requests from ABC News for comment on this article. CPJ’s annual worldwide census of imprisoned journalists found 127 behind bars on Dec. 1, a decrease of seven from the 2006 tally. The United States also made CPJ’s report. The group finds the U.S. is detaining two journalists, one in Guantanamo Bay and one in Iraq. Cuba, Eritrea, Iran and Azerbaijan round out the top five jailers among the 24 nations that imprison journalists, according to the CPJ report. Do you have a tip for Brian Ross and the Investigative Team?

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