The head of the Committee to Protect Journalists offers a warning

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is a nonprofit organization that defends the rights of journalists around the world.

Record numbers of journalists have been jailed around the world in recent years, according to the CPJ, with 274 imprisoned in 2020. That same year, 22 journalists were murdered for doing their jobs, up from 10 in 2019. At least seven have been killed in the line of duty this year, according to the committee.

After 15 years as the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, director Joel Simon said on Wednesday:

“Governments are increasingly taking aggressive action toward journalists, and there are very few consequences. During the Trump administration, we saw a connection in governments appropriating ‘fake news’ and use it to justify imprisoning journalists. We’ve also seen governments brazenly use violence.”

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