2020 has seen the highest number of journalists imprisoned worldwide since 1992 according to a report made by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
CPJ points toward efforts made by authoritarian governments to crack down on coverage of Covid-19, and incidents of political unrest.
“China, which arrested several journalists for their coverage of the pandemic, was the world’s worst jailer for the second year in a row. It was followed by Turkey, which continues to try journalists free on parole and arrest new ones; Egypt, which went to great lengths to keep custody of journalists not convicted of any crime; and Saudi Arabia. Countries where the number of jailed journalists rose significantly include Belarus, where mass protests have ensued over the disputed re-election of the long-time president, and Ethiopia, where political unrest has degenerated into armed conflict.”