INTERNATIONAL : 2016 Round-Up: Number of journalists detained worldwide continues to rise

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is today releasing its annual worldwide round-up of journalists who are detained, held hostage or missing. The numbers are rising dramatically. A total of 348 journalists are currently detained worldwide – 6%

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is today releasing its annual worldwide round-up of journalists who are detained, held hostage or missing.
The numbers are rising dramatically. A total of 348 journalists are currently detained worldwide – 6% more than were detained at this time last year. The number of detained professional journalists in Turkey has risen 22% after quadrupling in the wake of the failed coup d’état in July.

More than 100 journalists and media contributors are now in Turkish jails. RSF has been able to establish a direct link between the arrest and the victim’s journalistic activities in 41 of these cases. President Erdogan’s increasing authoritarianism is being reflected in raids on media outlets that are designed to silence his critics.

Hundreds of Turkish journalists have been taken to court on charges of “insulting the president” or “terrorism.” Some have even been jailed without any charges brought against them. The number of cases of arbitrary imprisonment continues to rise.

Aside from Turkey, the three other biggest jailers of journalists are China, Iran and Egypt. They alone account for more than two thirds of the world’s detained journalists.

The persecution of journalists around the world is growing at a shocking rate,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “At the gateway to Europe, an all-out witch-hunt has jailed dozens of journalists and has turned Turkey into the world’s biggest prison for the media profession. In the space of a year, the Erdogan regime has crushed all media pluralism while the European Union has said virtually nothing.”

Meanwhile, a total of 52 journalists are currently held hostage. This year, all of them are in conflict zones in the Middle East. Unsurprisingly, Syria and Iraq are among the most dangerous countries, with Islamic State alone holding 21 of these hostages.

In response to the ever-growing dangers for news and information providers, RSF is calling for the creation of the position of “Special Representative for the safety of journalists” directly attached to the office of the United Nations Secretary-General. The many UN resolutions on protecting journalists and combatting impunity for crimes against them have yet to produce satisfactory results.

Press contact:
Maud Semelin / msemelin@rsf.org / (33) 1 44 83 84 82

aseye.asena@gmail.com

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  • Z, Hagos December 13, 2016

    In Eritrea of Isayas, no journalists no round up. Isayas’s best means of supporting outcomes by number is to kill all or send all into disappearance in order to show zero result..
    ..
    For example, in the latest cholera epidemic, Isayas claims, without the use of vaccinations, that there is no more threats of cholera in Eritrea because all threats have been brought under control. Based on words and not number, Isayas treated and controlled the cholera epidemics in Eritrea. But if not based on numbers, such results are not possible . Therefore, it means that Isayas used kill to control approach, which means he killed all those who were affected by cholera in order to control the cholera epidemic without vaccination. The UN should add such ugly practices of Isayas into its list of items to be investigated by COIE.

    • zeray December 14, 2016

      Halew-lew aytebzih ebud hasema/pig, you need the vaccination for sick/mad pigs like yourself.
      God sends devils like Esayas to this shit unjust world in order to punish the morons and disgusting pigs like that talking pig Z.Hagos. You will also get another worse devil after you die for all your evil-ghedli crimes and sins. In short, don’t bore us with your same old Esayas this, Esayas that crap parroting and instead go and coach him to your pigs standard if you really have the balls you coward hypocrite chicken.

      • Z, Hagos December 15, 2016

        Zeray,
        You sound an empty person like your friend Alem Goitem. Got something, add up or shut up. Better than halew-lewing to cover up your emptiness and showing that you don’t have any substance to make sense, to you remain mouth tied like a dead person. Anyway, you are dead inside. You are dead inside because you don’t have any feelings for the starving and dying Eritrean people at the hands of your master Isaias..
        ..
        You always chant “isu-Ane” and yet you call Esayas crap, what kind of a person you must be? Surely, you are confused and one who lost reasoning. That is why you couldn’t add any sense making facts. As blind as you are to the Eritrean problems, better you remain blind and don’t call Isayas crap or devil.

        • Z, Hagos December 15, 2016

          Zeray,
          The justice seekers don’t equate Isaias to the devil because the devil when compared to Isaias is an angel. Have you ever seen the devil abusing, imprisoning, or killing any person? Unlike the devil, Isaias’s hands are always tainted with blood of the Eritrean people. And, you as part of the Isaias’s game, you must also be one of those who are abusing and killing Eritreans. You, too, worse than devil. Imagine, the devil is better than you. Then, who are: If an Eritrean is killed with a knife, you are the knife. If an Eritrean hanged himself, you are the rope. And, if an Eritrean is being gunned down, you are the gun that Isaias used to gunned down that Eritrean.

      • zeray December 15, 2016

        Why is the poor Eritrean shepherd and the savage evil rootless moslem often depicted as a backward ignorant human being?
        Eritrea’s worst problem is not the PFDJ regime but it is the ruinous mentality of Eritrea’s small brained and polluted deKhalus remnants of the old criminal, corrupted, barbaric Islamic ELF scumbags. Evil-ghedli has brought the Eritrean shepherd (the peasants and the savage evil moslem nomads included) to the lowest destitution level never seen in Eritrea or in the region’s history.
        An arrogant poor man (Eritrea) is pathetic. An arrogant rich man is abominable, but tolerable. Z.Hagos hasema/pig, you are just too ignorant and arrogant old mushmush pig. The same old pig but with different lipsticks to deceive/impress us.

      • Selam B. December 16, 2016

        Zerai, Teklay Tesfay and so on,
        It is clear that you get crazy when you see the illegal son of Yemeni father exposed to the core and this proves that you are suffering like wedi Medhin Berad.

  • zeray December 15, 2016

    Z.Hagos
    The clueless village idiot, you seem to be dazed and confused as usual or you are still suffering severely from your old cow disease which you should get proper medications and vaccinations on a regular basis and for life.
    Now, which part of my comment didn’t you get into your zombie head? What I said was ‘don’t bore us to death with your “tsemam hade derfu/mezmur” of Esayas this, Esayas that nonsense/crap repeats’. Unlike you cheap opportunist gutless cowards and whore mouths deKhalu goHafat of the old criminal, corrupted and barbaric moslem ELF still fighting for a diKhala savage Islamic and Arabic flag for Eritrea, I only hate him (Esayas) for being a servant and loyal obedient for the savage evil moslem Arabs (but I suppose he is only doing that in order to stay in power). Otherwise, Esayas is a lot, lot better than you lot eraymirayat goHafat of the criminal moslem ELF.
    Your useless, purposeless and spineless opportunist so-called opposition, everytime you open your stinking mouths people start running back to PFDJ. The proof is in the pudding. It seems that change will only come from PFDJ itself falling on its weight. Simply, my hasema/pig friend you need to go to a rash course of 101 politics (basic politics not the opportunist business one of yours though) in order to redeem your credibility. Otherwise, you’ll live in a collision course between “desire of your guilty conscience and your involuntary activity”

  • Ferede December 21, 2016

    Eritrea has been a failed state since 2000. killing and jailing its own Citizens including, under ages, Journalists, EPLF former leaders women and men. The Demon Possessed Shaebya is devouring every body including through harsh punishments and is in direct conflict with the dignified Habesha culture. The people have now realized that Eplf is a human like demon, a Satan that every one must escape from in all direction. Eritrea is the fourth failed state of the globe next to Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and as a result the world has registered the fourth largest Eritrean migrants.
    Shaebya is surviving only in name through the white man fed diaspora PFDJ, and the pfdj’s singing day in and day out about wars and rumor of wars, chaos, and doomsday of other nations while they have willingly set Eritrea on fire is on flame. Shaebyans are a cult group with an intangible belief and a danger to the Habesha people of the region as a whole. It is only a matter of few years before the people will rise and thwart it and cleanse itself by burring these demon cult groups for good and then only then, will the Tigreans of Tigray and Kebessa will flourish and prosper in an precedence pace. This cult is the Cancer of the Tigrigna speakers and must be hurried for its grave by all. The Tigrigna speakers demography has dwindled downwards in contrast to others, due to death and destruction by its enemies for the last 140 years uninterrupted. enough is enough, we all must work to protect our people and put it in its glorious truck.

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