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World China imprisoned more journalists than any other country in 2019 - CPJ

09:40  11 december  2019
09:40  11 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Dec 11 (Reuters) - China imprisoned at least 48 journalists in 2019, more than any other country, displacing Turkey as the most oppressive place for the profession, a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists report said on Wednesday.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Journalist take pictures outside the venue of a summit at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing© Reuters/Thomas Peter Journalist take pictures outside the venue of a summit at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing

At least 250 journalists were imprisoned worldwide this year, according to the report, which the committee compiles annually. The total last year was 255, said the report by the New York-based CPJ.

China's total rose by one since last year. The report noted that "the number has steadily increased since President Xi Jinping consolidated political control of the country."

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More than 250 journalists are behind bars for the third consecutive year and the CPJ said that an CPJ said that those countries (and others such as Saudi Arabia) are experiencing a wave of The vast majority of imprisoned journalists are facing anti state charges such as belonging to or aiding

"A crackdown in Xinjiang province - where a million members of Muslim ethnic groups have been sent to internment camps - has led to the arrests of dozens of journalists, including some apparently jailed for journalistic activity years earlier," the report said.

Turkey imprisoned 47 journalists in 2019, down from 68 last year. Saudi Arabia and Egypt, both with 26; Eritrea with 16; Vietnam, with 12; and Iran with 11 were the next-most oppressive countries for journalists, the report said.

It noted that "authoritarianism, instability, and protests" this year had led to an increase in the number of journalists imprisoned in the Middle East.

About 8% of those imprisoned globally are women, down from 13% last year, the report said. Politics, human rights and corruption were the subjects most likely to land journalists in jail, it said.

The report is a snapshot of the journalists imprisoned on Dec. 1 each year, the committee said. It does not include those who have been released earlier or journalists taken by non-state entities such as militant groups.

(Reporting by Gerry Doyle; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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