Jailed journalist numbers at record high
December 9, 2021 - The number of jailed journalists reached a global high in 2021, with China and Myanmar putting a quarter of the 293 media workers behind bars, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
At least 24 journalists were killed because of their coverage, and 18 others died in circumstances that make it too difficult to determine whether they were targeted because of their work.
While the reasons for jailing reporters varies between countries, the record number reflects political upheaval around the world and a growing intolerance of independent reporting, according to the U.S.-based nonprofit.
China remains the world’s worst jailer of journalists for the third year in a row, with 50 behind bars. Myanmar soared to the second slot after the media crackdown that followed its February 1 military coup. Egypt, Vietnam, and Belarus, respectively, rounded out the top five.