404 Journalists Forced Into Exile Since 2009

Cases assisted by CPJ from June 1, 2009, through May 31, 2014


Top Countries
from Which They Flee

76 Iran
44 Syria
42 Somalia
41 Ethiopia
29 Eritrea
18 Cuba
15 Pakistan
14 Sri Lanka
11 Rwanda
10 Gambia

Top Countries
to Which They Go

77 U.S.
49 Kenya
41 Turkey
26 France
26 Uganda
15 Sweden
11 Norway
9 Sudan
9 Ethiopia
9 U.K.
8 Lebanon

Exile by Region

165 Africa
147 Middle East & North Africa
43 Asia
39 Americas
10 Europe & Central Asia
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Reasons for Exile*

50% Threat of
50% Threat of Violence
17% Imprisonment
12% Violence
22% Harassment
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All figures are rounded to the nearest full percentage point. *May add up to more than 100 percent because more than one category applies in some cases.

Able to Work as Journalist in Exile

21% Continue Working in Exile
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Able to Return Home

5% Able to Return Home
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CPJ's annual exile report counts only cases who have been supported by the organization’s Journalist Assistance Program. CPJ uses this research, combined with expert analysis, to identify global trends. The survey includes only journalists who fled due to work-related persecution, who remained in exile for at least three months, and whose current whereabouts and activities are known to CPJ. The survey does not include the many journalists and media workers who leave their countries for professional opportunities, or to flee general violence, or those who were targeted for activities other than journalism, such as political activism.