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Attacks on the Press 2001: Asia Analysis

Journalists across Asia faced extraordinary pressures in 2001. Risks included reporting on war and insurgency, covering crime and corruption, or simply expressing a dissenting view in an authoritarian state.

CPJ's two most striking indices of press freedom are the annual toll of journalists killed around the world and our list of journalists imprisoned at the end of the calendar year. Asian countries registered disproportionately high on both counts--with more journalists killed in Afghanistan than in any other country, and China once again the world's leading jailer of journalists. Nepal, shockingly, took second place on the imprisoned list, with 17 journalists detained as of December 31, 2001, due to a sweeping crackdown on the Maoist insurgency that had severe implications for the press.

March 26, 2002 12:11 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Fiji

Attacks on the Press 2001: Fiji

Ongoing political turbulence continued to plague Fiji's media. Tensions between indigenous Fijians and those of Indian descent are often played out in the media, which is divided along ethnic and linguistic lines.

The year began with Court of Appeal hearings to determine the legality of prime minister Laisenia Qarase's interim government, which was installed with military backing in July 2000 after a failed coup by businessman George Speight tipped Fiji into chaos. The court was also charged with deciding whether Fiji's 1997 constitution, which the military suspended last year, remained in force.

March 26, 2002 12:07 PM ET
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