According to The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) annual report on press freedom, the number of imprisoned journalists is now at an all-time high. Unfortunately, this news comes at a time when we desperately need as many smart, hard-working journalists as possible.
As of Dec. 1, there were a total of 259 journalists in jail. That’s the most since CPJ began tracking the stat 26 years ago. There were 199 imprisoned journalists last year. The previous record—232 jailed members of the press—was set in 2012.
Turkey was by far the worst country, with 81 journalists in jail. China was second, with 38. Egypt (25), Eritrea (17) and Ethiopia (16) rounded out the top-five worse countries for freedom of the press.
The United States currently has zero imprisoned journalists, but we’re sure Donald Trump will try to change that.