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  • Writer's pictureBy The Financial District

China Is Biggest Jailer Of Journalists: Reporters Without Borders

China was the biggest global jailer of journalists last year with more than 100 behind bars, according to a press freedom group, as President Xi Jinping’s government tightened control over society, the Associated Press (AP) reported.


Photo Insert: In 2022, Chinese-born Australian journalist Cheng Lei was tried in China on national security charges but has yet to learn the verdict. She was detained in August 2019 and accused of sharing state secrets.



Xi’s government was one of the biggest exporters of propaganda content, according to Reporters without Borders. China ranked second to last on the group’s annual index of press freedom behind North Korea.


The Communist Party has tightened already strict controls on media in China, where all newspapers and broadcasters are state-owned. Websites and social media enforce strict censorship on material that might spread opposition.



Xi, China’s most powerful figure now, called during a 2016 meeting with journalists who had been awarded official prizes for them to adhere to “the correct orientation of public opinion.”


Xi is pursuing a “crusade against journalism,” Reporters without Borders said in a report Wednesday. It called China’s decline in press freedom “disastrous.”


All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

Journalist Dong Yuyu, who worked at a ruling party-affiliated newspaper and is a former Harvard University fellow, faces espionage charges after being detained for more than one year, his family said last week.


In 2022, Chinese-born Australian journalist Cheng Lei was tried in China on national security charges but has yet to learn the verdict. She was detained in August 2019 and accused of sharing state secrets.


Government & politics: Politicians, government officials and delegates standing in front of their country flags in a political event in the financial district.

In Hong Kong, the Communist Party forced Apple Daily to shut down as part of a crackdown on pro-democracy sentiment. Apple Daily’s founder, Jimmy Lai, was convicted of fraud last year that his supporters said were politically motivated. Six other former executives of the newspaper pleaded guilty.





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