The organization Reporters Without Borders has shown in its annual balance sheet how many journalists have been arrested worldwide. They reported on the corona pandemic, among other things.
According to a survey, at least 387 men and women worldwide are in prison for their work in journalism – some of them simply reporting on Corona.
This is evident from the annual balance sheet for press freedom of the organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF). More than half of these prisoners are spread across just five countries: China, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Vietnam and Syria. According to the information, 54 journalists have currently been kidnapped and 4 have disappeared in 2020.
Journalists were also arrested on the sidelines of the Belarusian protests
According to Reporters Without Borders, more than 130 media workers in all parts of the world have been arbitrarily arrested since the spring for reporting on the Corona crisis, “many for hours or a few days, others for weeks. Prison. ”Governments in all parts of the world tried to“ suppress independent reporting on the corona crisis and its consequences. ”Since the controversial presidential elections, more than 370 arrests, mostly shorter, have been made in Belarus.
“The very high number of journalists imprisoned worldwide sheds a stark light on the current dangers to press freedom,” said Katja Gloger, the organization’s spokeswoman. Far too many governments respond to protests, grievances or a crisis such as the Covid-19 pandemic with reprisals against the carriers of the bad news. Behind each of these cases lies a person’s fate, criminal process, long imprisonment and often assault. threatening because he has not sworn to censorship and oppression. “
China the only “front runner” in arrests
As of December 1, there were only two fewer media workers in prison this year than at the same time in 2019, when this number had risen significantly for the third time in a row, reaching a high of 389. In China alone (117 prisoners), Saudi Arabia (34), Egypt (30), Vietnam (28) and Syria (27), 61 percent of all cases worldwide have been detained.
42 of the media workers currently in prison worldwide (11 percent) are women. That is 35 percent more than a year ago. A very large number of female journalists (4 each) are detained in Belarus and Iran.
As of December 1, five journalists were threatened with the execution of their death sentences: four of them are in the hands of rebels in Yemen, blogger Ruhollah Sam ordered the judiciary in Iran to be executed on Saturday (December 12).