As the world marks International Women’s Day, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called for the immediate and unconditional release of 27 women journalists who are currently detained around the world. Some are being held in inhuman conditions. Some have been the victims of torture and sexual harassment.

According to RSF, of the 334 journalists in prison at the end of February, 27 of them were women.

These female journalists are being held by nine countries. Iran and China are the two largest jailers, with seven held in each country.

The 27 detained female journalists are deprived of their freedom “because of what they wrote or because they spoke out courageously,” RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire said in a statement on March 6.

It said besides Iran and China, Turkey continues to detain four women journalists, Saudi Arabia three, Vietnam two, while Egypt, Bahrain, Syria, and Nicaragua are each holding one.

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