A report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) of the US-based watchdog group working to protect journalists said that a record number of journalists were jailed this year. The agency alleges that governments around the world have tried to suppress the media over the coronovirus epidemic this year. On the other hand, journalists increasingly have to deal with misinformation. Qatar-based Al Jazeera reports.

Since the early nineties, the CPJ has been collecting information from harassed journalists around the world. The New York-based group released a new report on Tuesday.

The report said that this year at least 264 journalists worldwide went to jail. The most arrests have taken place in a year since record keeping by the company. The report said that at least two journalists died in the custody of security forces.

The CPJ says that many journalists have been arrested due to protests and political tension. Most of the arrests took place in China, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said in a statement, “It is a matter of great sadness and horror to have a record number of journalists imprisoned during a worldwide pandemic.”

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