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Egypt Ranks Third Worst Jailer of Journalists in 2017: CPJ

Egypt Ranks Third Worst Jailer of Journalists in 2017: CPJ

FILE PHOTO: Masked Egyptian security forces walk by a demonstration held by journalists and activists against the detention of journalists, in front of the Press Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt April 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released a report on Wednesday listing world’s top jailors of journalists.

CPJ’s annual prison census found that 262 journalists have been imprisoned worldwide which makes the year 2017 the worst year on record since CPJ started its census in the early 1990s.

After Turkey and China comes Egypt as the worst country for journalists with 20 journalists currently behind bars.

“Among them is photographer Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as Shawkan, who was arrested covering a violent dispersal of protesters by Egyptian security forces and has been in pretrial detention for more than four years,” states the report.

Not only the report detect factual data, but also it documents the health conditions on journalists imprisoned. “Shawkan is anemic and needs blood transfusions, but has been denied hospital care, according to his family.”

“In Egypt and China, like Turkey, by far the most common type of charge against journalists is anti-state. Globally, 194 journalists, or 74 percent, are imprisoned on anti-state charges,” adds the report.

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