2021 Hard Year For Journalists, China Leads Arrests

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says 2021 was “a hard year for press freedom with important wins”.

“More than 100 imprisoned journalists released, convictions in 10 journalist murders, and crucial assistance provided to more than 400 journalists globally,” tweeted the CPJ.

The CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organisation based in New York, US, that promotes press freedom worldwide.

On 30 December 2021, the CPJ tweeted: “Thank you for helping us defend #pressfreedom. You made this incredible work possible. As we look to 2022, we have much left to do, and can do it with your help https://cpj.org/donate

By 1 December 2021, the CPJ said China had incarcerated 50 journalists, the most of any country, followed by Myanmar with 26 and Egypt with 25.

Other countries with double figures of jailed journalists include Vietnam, Belarus, Turkey, Eritrea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.

Countries that had imprisoned less than 10 journalists during the same period include Ethiopia, India, and Rwanda. 

The CPJ said by defending journalists, the organisation was protecting “your right to be informed”.