By: Mosab Abusaif, Musab Balchi, Abdelrahman Murad
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The number of journalists in exile has been on the rise in the past few years. Exile happens most in areas where political unrest prevails. It appeared remarkably high in The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries.
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According to Sherrif Mansour, CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator, 2013 marked an increased number of journalist exiles. This crackdown on traditional media led to a rise in social media reporting by youth activists.
Sharif Mansour, Middle East & North Africa Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
In most cases, the journalists exiled take haven in countries close to home. For instance, journalists fleeing Syria and Iran find it easiest to go to Turkey, while journalists fleeing Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea go to Kenya.
As the infographic above shows, there are different reasons for exile, on top of which comes threat of imprisonment and threat of violence, with each taking 25% of the 404 cases documented by the CPJ.
A press conference was held at UN Headquarters to present the annual report of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), “Attacks on the Press – 2014 edition”. A close-up of a copy of the report. 12 February 2014 Photo courtesy of the UN Archive
Sherif Mansour, Middle East & North Africa Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), speaks at the press conference presenting the Committee’s annual report. 14 February 2013 Photo courtesy of the UN Archive
Correspondents are pictured during the press conference held by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) launching the Committee’s annual report. 14 February 2013 Photo courtesy of the UN Archive