The Committee to Protect Journalists says no fewer than 262 journalists were jailed in 2017 for “doing their work”.

The group said at an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Friday that journalists were regularly threatened, attacked and killed, and also being imprisoned in record numbers around the world.

It warned that these practices undermined not only the fundamental human rights of the reporters themselves, but also the public’s right to receive and impart information.

According to CPJ, at the end of 2017, 262 journalists jailed included over 70 in Turkey, 40 in China, and 20 in Egypt, while about 52 percent of those jailed, were behind bars because of their reporting on human rights violations.

SOURCE: NAN

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