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Asian countries top list for worst jailers of journalists: report

Committee to Protect Journalists says imprisoned reporters at global record

Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrives at court in 2021. Lai could face life in prison on national security charges.    © AFP/Jiji

HONG KONG/BANGKOK -- Asian nations were the worst jailers of journalists this year as the number of imprisoned reporters globally hit a new record, according to a new report.

A confirmed 119 journalists were detained across Asia as governments continued to relentlessly suppress media, with China, Myanmar and Vietnam standing out as among the worst offenders, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said.

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