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China, Cuba, Eritrea and Ethiopia Lead in Jailing Journalists


A journalism watchdog group says China currently has more imprisoned journalists than any other country, but the United States is also on the organization's list of abusers.

A new report by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says China, Cuba, Eritrea and Ethiopia account for two-thirds of the 125 imprisoned editors, writers and photojournalists around the world as of December first.

Fifth on the list was the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan, followed at number six by the United States, which has moved up on the list due to journalists it is holding in Iraq and at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Tied for sixth place is Burma.

The number of journalists held by the United States rose from one last year to five this year.

The committee's Executive Director Ann Cooper said she is particularly troubled that the list of the worst abusers now includes Ethiopia and the United States.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.