Venezuela Leads Latin America with the Most Journalists Jailed Because of Their Work, According to CPJ

Venezuela Leads Latin America with the Most Journalists Jailed Because of Their Work, According to CPJ

Three journalists in Venezuela and a blogger in Brazil are among at least 251 journalists jailed around the world in relation to their work.

The Helicoide building in Caracas, where Billy Six is being held.  [Photo: Damián D. Fossi Salas, via Wikimedia Commons]

The Helicoide building in Caracas, where Billy Six is being held. [Photo: Damián D. Fossi Salas, via Wikimedia Commons]

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released its annual report on imprisoned journalists on Dec. 13 and found that the last three years had the highest numbers globally since the organization first began tracking the data.

The latest case in Latin America is that of German journalist Billy Six, who was detained on Nov. 17 by officials with the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM, for its initials in Spanish) in the state of Falcón. He had been covering the economic and social crisis in Venezuela, including the mass migration, according to CPJ.

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