SCMP: China is global leader in imprisoned journalists for a second consecutive year, watchdog group finds
Wed December, 2020, Age: 2 years
China has topped the global ranking of imprisoned journalists for a second year in a row, according to new analysis by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a press freedom watchdog. At least 47 journalists were imprisoned in the country as of December 1, including those jailed this year as well as those serving longer sentences, according to a CPJ report published on Tuesday. Around half of those imprisoned this year were Uyghurs living in Xinjiang. Other notable journalist arrests included a number of “citizen journalists” reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic. As of December 1, CPJ found that three such journalists remained in detention.
CPJ also cited the souring of relations between Beijing and other major powers as contributing factors to the deteriorating treatment of journalists in China, particularly those working for foreign news outlets. Most recently, China last week detained Haze Fan, a Chinese staffer for Bloomberg media, on suspicions of endangering national security. The incident prompted outrage from media industry leaders and foreign governments, to which Chinese government officials responded that the case was “entirely the internal affairs of China.”