Record number of journalists persecuted in 2017 worldwide

Record number of journalists persecuted in 2017 worldwide
Aleksandr Sokolov, who used to work in RBC

In 87 per cent of the cases, journalists were persecuted for their professional activity – primarily for covering political events.

In 2017, 262 journalists worldwide were the subject of a criminal prosecution on different charges. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), it is a record number of arrested. In 87 per cent of the cases, journalists were persecuted for their professional activity – primarily for covering political events. 

For the second year in a row, Turkey is the country where the most journalists are subject to criminal prosecution (73 detained journalists in a year). In second place is China with 41 detainees; third is Egypt, where 20 people were persecuted.

In Russia, CJP found three cases of criminal prosecution of journalists who are Russian citizens. It concerns Aleksandr Sokolov, who used to work in RBC and was sentenced to 3.5 years in colony over a case of extremist community; Chief Editor of the Kaliningrad newspaper Novye Kolesa Igor Rudnikov, charged with extortion; and Kavkazsky Uzel correspondent Zhalaudi Geriev, convicted for drug possession.

In addition, according to CPJ, two foreigners are being prosecuted in Russia. They are freelance correspondent of Novaya Gazeta Khudoberdi Nurmatov (Ali Feruz) from Uzbekistan, accused of violating migration legislation, and Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko, detained on espionage charges.

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