International organizations point to China as the world’s largest jailer of journalists

The Committee for the Protection of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders have released their annual surveys, pointing out that China imprisons more journalists than any other country in the world.

In its annual report, the Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit organization based in New York, said 274 Journalists had been jailed worldwide this year as of Dec. 1.

The group noted that For the second year in a row, China is the country that jails the most journalists, with 47 jailed and many sentenced to long prison terms or imprisoned in Xinjiang without making any charges public. As the outbreak began in Wuhan, authorities arrested several citizen journalists, three of whom had not been freed as of Dec. 1, including Zhang Zhan, Chen Qiushi and Fang Bin, for reporting on official statements that threatened Beijing.

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In addition, the situation of foreign journalists in China has also drawn the attention of the organization. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, more than a dozen journalists from foreign media in China have been expelled this year. One of them, Cheng Lei, an Australian broadcaster of The China Global Television Network (CGTN), was arrested in August on suspicion of endangering national security at a time of strained relations between the two countries, making her the second Australian journalist to be detained after blogger Yang Hengjun. Yang has been held on espionage charges since February 2019.

The report doesn’t mention Bloomberg employee Haze Fan, who was detained last week by Chinese authorities on charges of endangering national security, but the CPJ on Thursday called for his immediate release and dismissal of all pending charges.

Reporters Without Borders, which campaigns for freedom of information, said in its annual report on Wednesday that 387 journalists have been detained, 54 are being held hostage and four are missing, up 17 percent from the previous five years (328 in 2015). China, which has the world’s largest number of journalists arrested, has 117 journalists in jail. In addition to the case of Cheng Lei, the report also mentions that GUI Minhai, a Chinese-born Swedish bookseller formerly living in Hong Kong, was kidnapped in Thailand in 2015 and sent to China. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in February for “illegally providing information to a foreign country”.