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The world in 2022 may be a less safe, less welcoming, less stable place for journalists – including in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong Free Press

A record number of journalists were behind bars this year, according to an annual census released by the Committee to Protect Journalists which – for the first time – included journalists from Hong Kong in the data. The watchdog listed 293 journalists behind bars as of December 1, compared to 280 in 2020. It was the sixth consecutive year in which more than 250 journalists have been held worldwide. As in past years, China – whose figures include Hong Kong – remains the world’s worst jailer, with 50 currently behind bars. Myanmar came in second place with 26, followed by Egypt with 25, Vietnam …

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