Highest number of imprisoned journalists

Iran, China drive prison tally to 14-year high

Committee to Protect Journalists: Iran and China, with 34 imprisoned journalists apiece, are the world’s worst jailers of the press, together constituting nearly half of the worldwide total. Eritrea, Burma, and Uzbekistan round out the five worst jailers from among the 28 nations that imprison journalists. (Read detailed accounts of each imprisoned journalist.) “The increase in the number of journalists jailed around the world is a shocking development,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. “It is fueled largely by a small handful of countries that systematically jail journalists—countries that are at war with information itself.” >>>


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Never ignore

by Rea on

"The pen is mightier than the sword".



by yolanda on

I don't care if they are right wing; left wing or chicken wing. They all have a right to write.


LOL! Thank you, VPK! Great job!!!

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Paranoid Regime

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


is beyond hope. They will kill; rape and murder until their time comes. There is no point trying to discuss of understand them. No reason to appease them. Their fate depends on who gets power. If it is people with my point of view it will be life in perison. If not it will be worse.

Meanwhile no act no matter how despicable is beyond them. I used to think MKO were the worst.I changed my mind: Khamenei is worse.

Niloufar Parsi

if you

by Niloufar Parsi on

throw a paranoid regime in together with a national media that has a history of acting against the national interest, you will get a result like this. that's all i'm pointing out. it is not giving support to either side. but it is seeing both sides. of course the regime is making a stupid mistake. her paranoia is interpreted as proof of her criminality. she is undermining herself.


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

I agree with Statira and Roozbeh

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


The whole charge of "Foreign Agents" is a thinly veiled ploy to demonize journalists. No journalist should be in jail for their writings no matter who pays them. 

I am frankly disgusted at the whole thought of these charges. Lets the journalists write and people decide. We can tell who is honest and who is not. We don't need some government to put our journalists in jail. Shame on those who demonize journalists. I don't care if they are right wing; left wing or chicken wing. They all have a right to write. EVEN if they are paid by some foreign jackass.

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Shame shame shame shame shame shame...



by yolanda on

Déjà vu! So China and Iran made the dishonor roll side by side again! Apparently they share the same tyrannical ideology.......no wonder IRI boycotted Nobel Prize ceremony 'cause both China and Iran produce the same type of freedom/democracy fighters who are eligible for Nobel Prize!

    Well, IRI closed down Kahrizak Detention Center, but they still keep Mohammad Davari, who exposed the prison scandal, behind bars!


'agents of foreign espionage"!!!!

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

Only a brain dead, paranoid paid agent of the islamist regime, like this al_farsi would call the Iranain jurnalists who have put their lives on the line in defence of truth and their professional integrity as agent of foreign espionage.

Really dont these etelaati brothers have any shame whatsoever? 

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


Iran journalists

by statira on

fact is iran has had a terrible history with its journalists acting as agents of foreign espionage.

This is exactly the same tactic and reasoning all the dictators use to supress freedom of expression and speech.  By Nilofar's reasoning Fox news and all other  media which act and talk against Obama are foreign agents.


نیلوفر، تعارف کم کن و بر مبلغ افزای


NP, talk is cheap and allegation is even cheaper. Please support your allegations with fact and give us examples of journalists currently in prison who are on the payroll of a foreign body and have acted against the interest of Iran. Otherwise, read Shazde's first comment.


NP - Mossadeqh is dead !

by Fatollah on

Mossadeqh is long dead, gone! so is those journalists "Agha mig-e andaz-eh 20 toman benevis" !!! Now - what's your point?

Niloufar Parsi


by Niloufar Parsi on

and YOU are being paranoid. fact is iran has had a terrible history with its journalists acting as agents of foreign espionage. it is all documented how they smeared mossadegh under the  direct orders of cia & mi6.

so if YOU were running the country today, YOU would have to take this sad fact and the dilemma that it represents seriously into account. the iri has no excuse for jailing so many journalists, but there is a history behind all this that, unlike YOU, I don't want swept under the carpet. so perhaps it is YOU who is 'lying'?

quote from above link:

"Fifty-seven years ago this month there was a coup d'etat in Iran.
The democratically elected president, Mohammad Mosaddegh, was overthrown in a coup backed by the US and UK's intelligence agencies....To do this the CIA and MI6 intelligence agencies solicited the help of Iran's
media. At one point 70 per cent of the country’s media were said to be on their payroll. Almost daily, fabricated and highly damaging reports
were published about the president all designed to swing public opinion
against Mosaddegh. So when the signal came for the coup to go ahead -
from the UK's BBC radio service - it was met with very little opposition
from the Iranian people." 

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan


by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


There is a big difference between being on a payroll or in jail. A journalist has a RIGHT to be on anyone payroll he or she wants. That is not a crime. It does compromise their integrity sure but that is about it.

But put journalist in jail is a criminal act and should NEVER happen. I don't care if they are paid by KGB or CIA or IRI they should not be in jail. Let the people decide who has integrity and who does not. The whole act of jailing journalists is sickening.

I reject the parallel between what IRI is doing and what happened in Mossadegh era. For crying outloud! In any event there must be PROOF that they were on CIA roll. Maybe some were; I have no doubt. But there is no question about those in jail.

My friends: there is no way to compare IRI with the Pahlavi. Shah had problems. But compared to IRI Shah was a nationalist; Iran-first humanitarian. I just do not get this business of justifying the IRI actions.

Shazde Asdola Mirza

NP: now who is sitting on the fence?

by Shazde Asdola Mirza on

Editor: China has 20 times the IRI population! Therefore, saying that China and Iran are sitting at the top of this list, is pure B.S.

NP: Journalists on the CIA payroll ... shame on you for trying to white wash the IRI murderers and torturers. Eternal shame on YOU, because YOU know and YOU hide and YOU cheat and YOU lie!

Niloufar Parsi

this is terrible

by Niloufar Parsi on

but iran will need to find a balance, as she also had the largest number of journalists on the CIA payroll during the mossadegh era.