The CPJ report found that a majority of imprisoned journalists faced anti-state charges [File: Getty Images]

China has imprisoned at least 48 journalists so far in 2019, more than any other country, displacing Turkey as the most oppressive place for the profession, a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. 

The report, released on Wednesday, noted that the number has “steadily increased since President Xi Jinping consolidated political control” in the Communist-ruled country.

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“A crackdown in Xinjiang province – where a million members of [the] Muslim ethnic group have been sent to internment camps – has led to the arrests of dozens of journalists, including some apparently jailed for journalistic activity years earlier,” the report said.

Besides China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are among

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