Special Reports


More than 80 journalists flee their home countries in the last year. Iraq and Somalia are the hardest hit. By Elisbeth Witchel and Karen Phillips

CPJ research indicates that the following journalists have disappeared while doing their work. Although some of them are feared dead, no bodies have been found, and they are therefore not classified as "Killed." If a journalist disappeared after being held in government custody, CPJ classifies him or her as "Imprisoned" as a way to hold the government accountable for the journalist's fate.

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By Heidi Hoogerbeets

See updated list of 10 Most Censored Countries at http://cpj.org/reports/2012/05/10-most-censored-countries.php.

North Korea tops CPJ's list of "10 Most Censored Countries"

China, Cuba, two African nations are top jailers of journalists.
Ethiopian crackdown fuels worldwide increase; U.S. is 6th among nations.
Senegal's leaders promise new rights, while its laws deny them.

In Togo, journalists are skeptical but see opportunity in the regime's bid to
shed sanctions.

By Adam Posluns with reporting by Alexis Arieff

With 37 years in power, Togolese President Gnassingbé Eyadéma is Africa's longest-serving head of state. Even after the country introduced multiparty elections more than a decade ago, Eyadéma and his ruling party, Rassemblement du Peuple Togolais (RPT), managed to dominate politics and muzzle opposition voices in this West African nation. The RPT's ironfisted tactics and numerous human rights abuses led the European Union (EU) to suspend cooperation with Togo in 1993.

On the front lines of international journalism, local fixers face growing dangers, and their western employers face tougher questions. By Elisabeth Witchel

As journalists become targets more often,a reporter finds a bunker mentality taking hold among the press corps.
By P. Mitchell Prothero 

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Attacks on the Press 2012

5 Major legal attacks against news outlets, from lawsuits to subpoenas.

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