Reporters Without Borders, on December 14, released its latest annual report on violence against journalists worldwide.

The report shows 533 journalists worldwide were detained for reporting in 2022, 13.4% higher than last year. 

China remains the country with the most significant number of journalists incarcerated, with 110 journalists in prison.

The report indicates that information censorship and surveillance of China’s regime have reached the point of obsession.

The report raised several prominent cases of journalists detained by Chinese authorities. Such was the case of Huang Xueqin, an independent journalist who lost her freedom for reporting corruption scandals, industrial pollution, and harassment of women in China.

Huang was imprisoned twice with charges imposed by Chinese authorities. The first time was in 2019, after she participated in a protest against the 2019 Hong Kong extradition bill. The Guangzhou Public Security Bureau arrested Huang for suspicion of inciting subversion of state power a second time in 2021.

The report also mentions the case of Yao Wentian, chairman of Morning Bell Hong Kong Publishing House, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for so-called smuggling in 2014.

Another journalist jailed for six years by Chinese authorities is Li Zhiying, founder of Hong Kong Next Media.

Another case is Tohti, a Uighur journalist. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2014.

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