Last year, 24 journalists around the world were killed and 293 journalists were imprisoned this year, a record high.
The Committee for the Protection of Journalists, an international organization of journalists, released its annual report, which found that the increasing number of imprisoned journalists is a manifestation of intolerance to independent reporting.
The organization condemned the worldwide ban on journalists from performing their duties.
According to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, in 2021, 50 journalists in China will be imprisoned, 26 in Myanmar, 25 in Egypt, 23 in Vietnam, and 19 in Belarus.
Journalists have also been jailed in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
According to reports, 280 journalists were imprisoned last year.