The number of journalists jailed globally because of their work hit a new high in 2020 as governments cracked down on coverage of COVID-19 or tried to suppress reporting on political unrest. In its annual global survey, the Committee to Protect Journalists found at least 274 journalists in jail in relation to their work on December 1, 2020, exceeding the high of 272 in 2016, and making it the fifth consecutive year that repressive governments have imprisoned at least 250 journalists. China, which arrested several journalists for their coverage of the pandemic, was the world’s worst jailer for the second year in a row, followed by Turkey, and while no journalists were jailed in the United States at the time of CPJ’s prison census, but an unprecedented 110 journalists were arrested or criminally charged in 2020 and around 300 were assaulted, the majority by law enforcement.