Suppressing Freedom of the Press, Part 1


In early December, the Committee to Protect Journalists released its annual listing of journalists jailed for political reasons over the past year.

Here are the totals by nation:

Azerbaijan: 5

Bahrain: 7

Bangladesh: 2

Cameroon: 1

China: 38

Cuba: 2

Egypt: 25

Eritrea: 17

Ethiopia: 16

Gambia: 3

India: 1

Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: 7

Iran: 8

Kazakhstan: 3

Kyrgyzstan: 1

Mauritania: 1

Montenegro: 1

Myanmar: 2

Nigeria: 2

Panama: 1

Russia: 2

Saudi Arabia: 6

Singapore: 2

Syria: 7

Thailand: 1

Tunisia: 1

Turkey: 81

Turkmenistan: 1

Uzbekistan: 5

Venezuela: 1

Vietnam: 8

Zambia: 1

If you wish to read more about the individual journalists who have been jailed, reports on their cases are available at:

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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