New record number of journalists jailed worldwide
December 21, 2022 - A record 533 journalists are currently being detained around the world, according to Reporters Without Borders. The number being held hostage has risen to 65, with 57 reported killed.
Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières – RSF) says a record 533 journalists were imprisoned worldwide in 2022 (339 untried) – a 13.4% rise on the previous year
China is the biggest jailer, incarcerating 110 journalists. Myanmar holds 62 journalists, making it the second biggest jailer in the world. Iran is in third place with 47, Vietnam fourth on 39, and Belarus fifth with 31 imprisoned journalists. Altogether those five countries account for 54% of the world’s jailed media workers.
RSF says 65 journalists are being held hostage around the world (mostly in Syria) and 49 journalists are missing.
The number of journalists killed in 2022 reached 57, eight of which died in Ukraine – an overall increase of 18.8% on 2021.
Despite Russia’s invasion, fewer journalists died there than in peacetime Mexico, where 11 journalists were murdered.
RSF’s data covers January 1 to December 1, 2022.