There are currently 488 journalists imprisoned worldwide. The international organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announced this in an annual report on Thursday. The number of journalists imprisoned is at its highest point since the organization began tracking annual numbers in 1995. The number of journalists killed actually fell to 46. This year’s figures were measured between January 1 and December 1.
The number of journalists imprisoned rose by about 20 percent compared to last year. This is largely due to the repression of journalism by rulers in Myanmar, Belarus and China. In Myanmar, a democratically elected government was overthrown in a coup in February this year, sparking widespread popular protests. 53 journalists are now imprisoned in the Asian country, up from two in 2020. In Belarus, protests against the disputed re-election of President Lukashenko were cracked down. There are now 32 journalists imprisoned there, compared to seven last year. With 127 journalists imprisoned, China is the largest prison guard for journalists in the world. The government of President Xi Jinping has restricted press freedom in Hong Kong through a controversial 2020 security law.
The number of journalists killed for their work decreased slightly this year from 50 to 46. It is the lowest number in the twenty-six years that RSF has kept the figures. In Europe, where crime reporter Peter R. de Vries and his Greek colleague Giorgos Karaivaz were killed, it was the deadliest year for journalists since 2015. When the attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo killed eight journalists and a guest editor. murdered.
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