A United States-based watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists, has disclosed that 274 journalists were jailed while 26 were killed globally in 2020. the highest number since the non-profit organisation began its survey in the 1990s.
On Tuesday In a statement, the watchdog accused governments worldwide of suppressing the media and fueling misinformation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
CPJ Executive Director, Joel Simon, in a statement, said that it is shocking and appalling. He added that “this wave of repression is a form of censorship that is disrupting the flow of information and fueling the infodemic.”
Mexico has been listed as the world’s most dangerous country for the press.
The worst offender was China for the second consecutive year, the survey found, with 47 reporters behind bars and authorities. The country, only last week, detained a Bloomberg employee on suspicion of endangering national security.
Other top jailers are Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, with Belarus and Ethiopia — where widespread unrest and armed conflict flared this year — also seeing sharp increases in the number of reporters behind bars.