This post is from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Here is an excerpt:
The number of journalists jailed around the world set yet another record this year, with 363 imprisoned as of December 1, 2022, according to CPJ’s 2022 prison census.
This is the highest number CPJ has recorded in the 30-year history of the census, overtaking last year’s record by 20%. The notable increase, led by a spike in journalist jailings in Iran and sustained repression in China, marks another grim milestone as authoritarian leaders doubled down on their criminalization of independent reporting.
This year’s top five jailers of journalists are Iran, China, Myanmar, Turkey, and Belarus, respectively. After a 12-year hiatus, Afghanistan returns to CPJ’s census with three imprisoned journalists, as perilous reporting conditions predominate since the return of the Taliban regime. Georgia, an emerging democracy with a mixed press freedom record, which is increasingly home to exiled journalists from elsewhere in the region, is listed in the census for the first time.
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