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Studies show hatred and fear of journalists at all-time high

Reporters Without Borders released their annual study showing that journalists across the world have never before been the brunt of so much violence and mistreatment. Eighty journalists have been killled; 348 are now in jail and 60 held hostage. Afghanistan was the deadliest country with 15 murders of journalists followed by Syria with 11. For countries outside war zones, Mexico had nine and the U.S. five. (Reporters Without Borders, December 18, 2018)

The Committee to Protect Journalists reported as of December 1 that 251 journalists were in jail. The countries with the worst records were Turkey, China and Egypt where governments have accused reporters of subversive activities. Twenty-eight journalists are in jail on charges of “false news” with 21 in 2017 and nine in 2016. (Reuters, December 12, 2018, by Joseph Ax)

For recent FAC reporting on this issue,  click here.

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