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Friday, February 04, 2005 By: Juan Paxety
Cuba jails 23
While CNN's Eason Jordan makes wild claims about US treatment of journalists, it's actually China, Cuba, Myanmar, and Eritrea that treat them poorly. From Reuters:
China jails more journalists than any other country and, along with Cuba, Eritrea and Myanmar, accounts for more than three quarters of journalists imprisoned around the world, a new report showed on Thursday.
The Committee to Protect Journalists said its annual snapshot of the situation on Dec. 31, 2004, had found 122 journalists imprisoned in 20 countries for practicing their profession, 16 fewer than at the same time a year earlier.
The list includes one US journalist, Jim Taricani, who is under house arrest for refusing to reveal a source. The article fails to mention that Taricani was sentenced after a trial in which he was afforded all rights under the US Constitution. Not quite what you see in China or Cuba.
China leads the pack with 42 imprisoned, fidel is not far behind with 23 behind bars.
The CPJ said more than half of those imprisoned worldwide were charged under various "anti-state" laws while other charges ranged from defamation or "insult" to inciting public unrest and spreading "false" news.
"The widespread jailing of journalists is pursued only by those few nations that distrust their own citizens and care little about the opinion of the rest of the world."
Jose said it best - Only oppression should fear the full exercise of freedom.