By Karen Phillips/Journalist Assistance AssociateSince 2001, CPJ has documented the cases of 340 journalists forced into exile after their reporting exposed them to harassment, violence, or imprisonment. They face many difficulties in their new homes, from language and cultural adjustments to emotional and economic hardships. Here are five snapshots of journalists in exile.
New York, April 30, 2008 -- Democracies from Colombia to India and Russia to the Philippines are among the worst countries in the world at prosecuting journalists' killers according to the Impunity Index, a list of countries compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists where governments have consistently failed to solve journalists' murders.
Investigative reporter arrested after exposing police corruption
MARCH 28, 2008
Posted April 25, 2008
Rabiul Islam, Daily Sunshine
Rabiul told CPJ he was arrested without warrant and detained by police, who accused him of committing robbery in Rajshahi. Rabiul, a journalist for the Daily Sunshine, a Rajshahi-based local newspaper in the Bangla Language, told CPJ by telephone that he reports regularly on police corruption. Rajshahi is in the northwest of Bangladesh, along the border with India.
MARCH 21, 2008
Posted March 24, 2008
Arifur Rahman, Prothom Alo
Arifur Rahman was freed from Dhaka Central Jail after the police officer who had filed a case against him failed to appear in court hearings because he was in East Timor, The Associated Press reported.
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