Exile: The Cost of a Truthful Pen

 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.

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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.

 

 

Reporters Without Borders (RSF), "Guidelines for exiled journalists" cover.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF), “Guidelines for exiled journalists” cover. Click the link to download: http://en.rsf.org/IMG/pdf/RWB_guidelines_exiled_journalists.pdf

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2 responses to “Exile: The Cost of a Truthful Pen

  1. An important topic, but it is also important to refer to the number of journalists who have been killed in the line of duty.

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