The number of journalists killed and imprisoned fell in 2013 but it was still the second worst year on record for reporters in prison, a US-based watchdog said Wednesday.
So far this year, 52 journalists have been killed as a direct result of their work, down from 73 last year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), based in New York.
For the second consecutive year, Turkey was the world's leading jailer of journalists, followed closely by Iran and China.
The US government has long maintained that Robert Levinson was a private citizen on a business trip to Iran when he went missing nearly seven years ago. But an investigation by the Associated Press has revealed the 65-year-old was actually on the payroll of the CIA, albeit unofficially, and was on an “intelligence gathering mission” when he vanished from the Iranian island of Kish in March 2007.
While John Kerry admitted a nuclear deal with Iran may yet fail, he urged Congress on Tuesday to avoid any new sanctions that would threaten the “delicate” diplomatic agreement.
The United States Secretary of State underwent intense grilling before the Foreign Affairs Committee, defending the deal struck between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 Nations last month.