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Outer entrance of Urumqi No. 3 Detention Center in Dabancheng in Western China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Journalist Megha Rajagopalan has made a name for herself over the years covering the plight of Uyghurs in the autonomous Xinjiang region in northwestern China.

When Beijing denied her visa renewal in 2018, the Buzzfeed News reporter refused to be deterred. With access to residents and on-the-ground reporting limited, Rajagopalan found unique ways to broaden her coverage.

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The number imprisoned increased from 2019, largely because of the pandemic, according to a new index compiled by rights group PEN America. Pixabay

By- Lin Yang

Writers sharing their experiences of the COVID pandemic or expressing views on their cultural heritage are at increased risk in China, which accounts for nearly one-third of all the 273 writers, academics, and intellectuals in jail in 2020.

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Journalists had difficulty reporting COVID-19 in countries where there was tension and suffering, or where the media was constrained or censored. Pixabay

By Rikar Hussein

During a global crisis like COVID-19, the media play an important role in helping ensure people have access to independent news.

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While in power, the Taliban raged against traditional forms of mass communication. VOA

Beneath the gaze of the TV cameras a woman begins speaking, at first softly but with growing passion as she faces the “Butcher of Kabul” across a crowded auditorium and asks if he wants to apologise for alleged war crimes.

Without missing a beat, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the ruthless former warlord blamed for rocket attacks which reduced much of the Afghan capital to rubble in the 1990s, declined to do so.

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