By Courtney C. Radsch/CPJ Advocacy Director
Coverage of protests and riots. Revelations of official corruption and graft. Major natural disasters. Investigations into deplorable living conditions. These are some of the important issues journalists cover in their role as the Fourth Estate.
Strip searches. Weapons and forgery charges. Accusations of sexual misconduct. Imprisonment. These are not the types of responses you would expect to news reporting. Yet these are the reactions authorities had to critical coverage by nine women journalists currently behind bars for their work, according to CPJ research.
Most were convicted on anti-state charges, but two have not even been charged, CPJ’s prison census shows. On International Woman’s Day CPJ is drawing attention to their cases. A Silk infographic of the nine journalists can be viewed here.
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