Imprisonment of Journalists in the Asia-Pacific

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Using data from Reporters Sans Frontières, the following has been made possible:

The data used considers known current imprisonments—importantly noting those imprisoned for activities relating to their journalism, not other incriminating factors.

China, Vietnam, and Laos, the region’s three communist single-party states top the map, but the variation among the nations varies tremendously, as can be seen in the interactive below:

Imprisonment, however, is far from the only means of silencing the press. Detentions and arrests of journalist have become commonplace in Vietnam and Laos as scare tactics, compelling citizen journalists to operate under pseudonyms to maintain anonymity.

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