Billions of people around the world still do not have the basic freedoms currently held by Americans, such as free speech and freedom of religion.
For the 3rd year in a row, China has been named the world’s worst jailer of journalists by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Despite the nation’s lengthy history of horrific human rights abuses as well as the origin of the coronavirus outbreak, China has been chosen to host the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics.
The 2021 calendar year was particularly bad in China for defenders of press freedom, the CPJ noted.
There are confirmed arrests of 293 journalists, which is a record high.
This overtook a previous record set by China during 2020. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the country successfully silenced anyone they wanted.
In addition to the arrests, China is accused of widespread genocide and state-sponsored slavery.
The nation is accused of carrying out extreme persecution of journalists, which includes the torture and disappearance of political dissidents.
China is undertaking a systematic effort to erase ethnic minority cultures in places like occupied Tibet.
The nation places crushing restrictions that wipe out nearly every religion present in the country.
To give one alarming example, CPJ notes that China imprisoned Jimmy Lai because he’s anti-communist.
Lai founded Hong Kong’s Apple Daily. Another citizen journalist, Zhang Zhan, disappeared into Communist Party custody in 2020.
Zhan disappeared after “filming the disastrous handling of the Chinese coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, where the virus originated, in early 2020.”
Journalists often face a “litany of vague Orwellian charges” and likely could face “life in prison,” the CPJ explains.
“Freelance video journalist Zhang Zhan is serving four years for ‘picking quarrels and stirring up trouble,’” CPJ said.