No press freedom More than 220 journalist jailed worldwide last year

The Committee to Protect Journalists has stated that 221 journalists were jailed in 2014.

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As of December 2014, there were 221 journalists in prison worldwide, with one in five of those in Chinese jails according to a new report.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), who compiled the figures, said this was an increase of nine since last year. It marks the third consecutive year that more than 200 reporters have been imprisoned.

Ms Sue Valentine, African Programme Coordinator of Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) disclosed that 221 journalists were jailed around the world in 2014.

She made this known when briefing 10 African journalist on press freedom and journalist security tour at New York in the United States about the of CPJ.

There are 32 more journalists in Chinese jails than there were in 2013, bringing the total to 44 imprisoned journalists. Almost half of those are of the Tibetan or Uighur ethnic minorities, including blogger Ilham Tohti and seven people who worked on his website.

Iran has imprisoned the second most, with 30 journalists in jail - five less than last year. Among the jailed was Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian.

Turkey was the country that had imprisoned the most journalists in 2012 and 2013 but released the vast bulk of them this year, pushing them down the rankings.

However, the figures do not include the journalists jailed last week, reportedly on the accusation that they were conspiring against the Turkish state.

Egypt has doubled the number of journalists in prison to 12, including the three jailed Al-Jazeera reporters.

She, however, advised journalist to carry out their work in a very professional manner by ensuring that whatever that they published or put on air was the truth so as to protect their credibility.

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