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    Chinese Regime is Third Worst Jailer of the Press: CPJ Report

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    As the year comes to a close, the Committee to Protect Journalists documented a total of 179 journalists jailed for their work. The worst offenders are the in the Middle East and China.

    According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, imprisoned journalists around the world reached the highest number in 15 years. Following Iran and Eritrea, China ranks as the third worst country for jailing journalists.

    Of the 179 confirmed reporters behind bars, 27 of them are in mainland China. The actual figure could be higher, as some cases may escape the notice of advocacy groups.

    [Zhao Yan, Former Reporter for The New York Times' Beijing Bureau]:
    "Hu Jintao said last year that China was to gradually loosen press control, so that China's news would be more open. But in fact, that's not the case that we see today. We know that the suppression of news reporters has become worse since the beginning of this year—particularly after the 'Jasmine Revolution' in the Middle East, which brought greater control of the news."

    As Chinese media is mostly state-controlled, more writers have been turning to the Internet for an outlet. Aside from journalists, online activists are now the latest group to be targeted.

    [Zhao Yan, Former Reporter for The New York Times' Beijing Bureau]:

    "The number of the arrested Internet citizen journalists is increasing year after year. 'Inter-provincial hunt,' a term that we've heard recently, refers to the hunting of these so-called citizen journalists. If this situation continues in China, then who can supervise the Chinese Communist Party?"

    In stopping journalists, the Chinese regime often issues retaliatory, unrelated charges—like tax evasion or drug possession—against dissidents.

    Reporters are pressured to avoid topics deemed politically sensitive, making most news outlets in China.