51 journalists killed, 253 imprisoned in 2018 across world: CPJ

Report mentions ShujaatBukhari among the killed, Aasif Sultan tops the list of jailed scribes

New York, Publish Date: Dec 19 2018 1:03AM | Updated Date: Dec 19 2018 1:03AM
51 journalists killed, 253 imprisoned in 2018 across world: CPJ

Committee for Protection of Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday released a report stating 51 journalists were killed and 253 imprisoned in 2018. According to the report, 51 journalists including Editor of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari were killed this year. 

"Several unidentified gunmen fired at Shujaat Bukhari, 50, outside his office as he was leaving for an iftar party (the meal that breaks the Ramadan fast), according to media reports. He suffered injuries to the head and abdomen. Two police officers, who had been assigned to protect him after an attack in 2000, were also fired. All three were rushed to the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital where they died," the report states. In another reports, the CPJ has stated that 251 journalists have been imprisoned in relation to their work in various countries. 

"Police detained Aasif Sultan, a journalist with the monthly magazine Kashmir Narrator, during a raid on his home in Srinagar on the night of August 27, 2018. Jammu and Kashmir police formally arrested him on August 31, according to a police statement seen by CPJ, and later charged him with “complicity” in “harboring known militants” under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The charges stem from his name being added to a First Information Report--the primary step in an Indian police investigation--filed in response to a gunfight in the Batamaloo region of Kashmir on August 12," the report states. 

The report states that past three years have recorded the highest number of jailed journalists since CPJ began keeping track, with consecutive records set in 2016 and 2017. Turkey, China, and Egypt were responsible for more than half of those jailed around the world for the third year in a row. 

"The majority of those imprisoned globally--70 percent--are facing anti-state charges such as belonging to or aiding groups deemed by authorities as terrorist organizations. The number imprisoned on charges of false news rose to 28 globally, compared with nine just two years ago. Egypt jailed the most journalists on false news charges with 19, followed by Cameroon with four, Rwanda with three, and one each in China and Morocco. The increase comes amid heightened global rhetoric about “fake news,” of which U.S. President Donald Trump is the leading voice."  

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