Record of journalists detained in 2021, are 488: never so many

This is what Reporters Without Borders denounces

In 2021, 488 journalists were imprisoned worldwide while doing their work. This is what Reporters Without Borders (Rsf) denounces, underlining that it is the highest number ever recorded, with the most serious situations in Belarus, Myanmar and China. The data, which are updated to last December 1, show a 20% increase in the arrests of journalists compared to last year, according to the organization’s annual report which will be presented today.

“This significant increase in the number of arbitrary detentions is caused in particular by 3 countries whose governments are indifferent to their citizens’ desire for democracy,” the report continues. In Myanmar, where the military took back power in a coup d’etat last February, there are currently 53 journalists in prison, while last year there were only 2.

In Belarus following Alexander Lukashenko’s controversial re-election to the presidency in August 2020, there are 32 journalists in prison, up from seven a year ago. As for China, the finger is being pointed in particular at the national security law in Hong Kong, once a model for respecting freedom of the press in the region thanks to its special status, where at least 10 have been arrested in recent months. journalists.