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World Record number of journalists jailed in 2021: CPJ

10:26  09 december  2021
10:26  09 december  2021 Source:   afp.com

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The Committee to Protect Journalists ( CPJ ) said Thursday that the number of journalists who are jailed for their work worldwide set a record in 2021 . CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said, "Imprisoning journalists for reporting the news is the hallmark of an authoritarian regime." He added, "it is especially horrifying that Myanmar and Ethiopia have so brutally slammed the door on press freedom."

The number of journalists jailed globally because of their work hit a new high in 2020 as governments cracked down on coverage of COVID-19 or tried to suppress reporting on political unrest. Authoritarians again took cover in anti-press rhetoric from the United States. Editor’s note: The infographic linked to this report has been revised to make clear that CPJ has not documented the jailing of any journalists in Taiwan. Elana Beiser is editorial director of the Committee to Protect Journalists . She previously worked as an editor for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal in New York, London

The number of journalists jailed around the world hit a new record in 2021, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday, with China and Myanmar having put a quarter of the 293 media workers behind bars. 

The New York-based CPJ counted 24 journalists killed around the world this year © Ed JONES The New York-based CPJ counted 24 journalists killed around the world this year

In its annual report, the CPJ listed 50 journalists imprisoned in China, 26 in Burma, 25 in Egypt, 23 in Vietnam and 19 in Belarus. 

Adding those jailed in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, the CPJ said a total of 293 journalists were in prison worldwide as of December 1 -- up from 280 the year before.

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A staggering 293 journalists were imprisoned in 2021 , according to an annual census by nonprofit group Committee to Protect Journalists . That tally is up from 280 journalists in 2020 and is the highest number CPJ has ever reported since it started keeping track of the data in 1992.

The Committee to Protect Journalists , a press freedom monitoring group, said 293 journalists were behind bars this year, more than a quarter of them in China. The total is up from 280 in 2020 and is the sixth consecutive annual record for the number of jailed journalists worldwide as tallied by the monitoring group, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists . Since the group established the database of imprisonments in 1992, it has become a global benchmark for measuring repression of journalists .

"This is the sixth year in a row that CPJ has documented record numbers of journalists imprisoned around the world," said Joel Simon, executive director of the group.

"Imprisoning journalists for reporting the news is the hallmark of an authoritarian regime," he said in a statement. 

For 40 years, the CPJ has denounced journalists being murdered, imprisoned, censored, physically hurt and threatened.

"It's distressing to see many countries on the list year after year, but it is especially horrifying that Myanmar and Ethiopia have so brutally slammed the door on press freedom."

The association also counted 24 journalists killed around the world this year.

Mexico "remained the Western hemisphere's deadliest country for journalists, with three murdered for their reporting and the motives for six other killings under investigation," the CPJ said.

India was also high on the list, with four journalists killed this year. 

The CPJ said the number of journalists behind bars reflects "increasing intolerance for independent reporting around the world."

The report noted restrictive environments for journalists around the world, including laws used to target reporters in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, the coup in Myanmar, the war in northern Ethiopia and the crackdown on the opposition in Belarus.

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