Reporters worldwide are grappling with government censorship and limits to reporting. Some are even accused and convicted of activities against governments that are landing them in jail.

In the past week alone, the following reports have been made:

An Egyptian blogger has been convicted of insulting the president.

In China, most mentions of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre were censored from the Internet.

Turkish protesters accused media of ignoring unrestreports of anti-press attacks amid Turkey protests raise questions of censorship.

Congo Republic suspended four independent newspapers

Burundi enacted media law that reporters say curbs press freedoms.

Guinea media set strike after government shuts opposition radio.

The Palestinian Authority arrested the general manager of a Bethlehem radio station.

Ethiopia arrested a reporter after he covered the story of evictions in dam region.

Toronto Star reporter was arrested and ticketed after taking photos of injured public transit employee. 

Imprisonment of journalists worldwide reached a record high in 2012, driven in part by the use of charges of terrorism and anti-state offenses against reporters and editors, reported the Committee to Protect Journalists in its annual census of imprisoned journalists.

CPJ video summary of the 2012 report on media imprisonment: 

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Photo: Activists wearing masks of jailed Nobel laureate, writer, professor and activist Liu Xiaobo hold candles during a night vigil at Liberty Square in Taipei June 4, 2013, on the 24th anniversary of the June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. REUTERS/Steven Chen

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