Group: Turkey jails most journalists for 2nd year

NEW YORK (AP) — A media watchdog says Turkey jailed more journalists than any other country for the second consecutive year, followed closely by Iran and China.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalist said in its annual prison census Wednesday that the three countries accounted for more than half of the 211 journalists behind bars on Dec. 1.

Other countries on the list of the top 10 worst jailers of journalists were Eritrea, Vietnam, Syria, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Egypt and Uzbekistan.

CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said "jailing journalists for their work is the hallmark of an intolerant repressive society."

He said it is "frankly shocking" to see Turkey in the top spot for the second year and to see the number of journalists behind bars rise in countries like Egypt and Vietnam.

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