New York based Committee to Protect Journalists released its Annual Prison Census this week. China once again topped the list with 28 journalists in prison. The rest of the top five jailers are Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan among 29 nations that imprison journalists. A significant change in this year’s statistics is that the Internet has surpassed other forms of reporting as the most likely medium to lead to jail time.

Imprisoned journalists by media 2008

In China, 24 out of the 28 imprisoned journalists recorded by CPJ were arrested due to their Internet activities. Among those 28 imprisoned, Amnesty International has issued actions for six of the journalists: Huang Jinqiu, Shi Tao, Yang Tongyan, Yang Maodong, Hu Jia, and Huang Qi.

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