Record number of journalists jailed in 2021: CPJ
Mexico deadliest country for journalists: India is also high on the list with murder of four newsmen
The number of journalists jailed around the world hit a new record in 2021, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday, with China and Myanmar having put a quarter of the 293 media workers behind bars.
"Imprisoning journalists for reporting the news is the hallmark of an authoritarian regime," he said in a statement.
"It's distressing to see many countries on the list year after year, but it is especially horrifying that Myanmar and Ethiopia have so brutally slammed the door on press freedom."
The association also counted 24 journalists killed around the world this year.
The report noted restrictive environments for journalists around the world, including laws used to target reporters in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, the coup in Myanmar, the war in northern Ethiopia and the crackdown on the opposition in Belarus.