Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently warned that any attempt at “whitewashing” the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul would not satisfy him, or the international community.
But Turkey has its own issues with silencing journalists — not through assassination, but through imprisonment, according to data from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
In 2017 the OECD country had 73 journalists in jail, which is 32 more than China, the world’s most populous nation — and a notoriously censorious one at that.
Imprisonment and death of journalists by country
No journalists have been killed in Turkey this year, the data shows. The committee categorises the country of Khashoggi’s death as Saudi Arabia, presumably because the consulate is considered Saudi Arabian soil.
This year, 60 journalists have been killed in relation to performing their duties around the world. The most dangerous country for journalists in 2018 so far is Afghanistan, where 10 journalists have been murdered.
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