2019 sees 250 journalists in jail worldwide

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

For the fourth consecutive year, not less than 250 journalists across the world were arrested for investigative journalism and a further 50 journalists were killed. This was revealed in a report from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

In 2018, the committee had found that there were around 255 journalists who had been put to jail. China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt hold the topmost place in the hierarchy, with the journalists in these countries having the strongest threats to their freedom.

Ever since CPJ started recording imprisoned journalists at the beginning of the nineties, this year was the very first year that Turkey did not top the list.

Whereas the majority of international arrests face anti-statal accusations, the number of accused fake news went up to 30 cases when compared with the 28 cases found last year.

50 killed in 2019

The committee also found that a staggering total of 50 journalists were killed this year.

Furthermore, between 1992 and 2019, 1906 journalists were killed due to the nature of their work. In all of the assassinations, the motive of only 71.51%  was confirmed.

Thanks to continuous monitoring, the CPJ has contributed to the early release of at least 80 journalists in jail from numerous countries around the world.

As can be seen from the full report here, the only documented journalist murdering in Malta was that of Daphne Caruana Galizia which took place on the 16th October 2017.