Record Number Of Journalists Jailed Worldwide This Year, With China Leading The Pack

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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.”

The US did not have any journalists in jail at the time of the CPJ’s investigation, but an unprecedented 110 journalists were “arrested or criminally charged in 2020 and around 300 were assaulted“.

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