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A television reporter in Shanghai, China, on Nov. 5. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

China imprisoned at least 48 journalists in 2019, more than any other country in the world, Reuters writes, citing a new Committee to Protect Journalists report.

Why it matters: The CPJ attributed China's arrests to its government media crackdown in Xinjiang province, where it's holding more than 1 million ethnic Muslim minorities in internment camps.

  • CPJ also notes the number of journalists detained by China has steadily grown since President Xi Jinping consolidated political power.

By the numbers: Nations around the world detained at least 250 journalists this year, down from the 255 arrests in 2018.

  • Turkey imprisoned 47 journalists, while Saudi Arabia and Egypt both held 26.
  • Eritrea arrested 16, while Iran held 11.
  • Women accounted for around 8% of the journalists imprisoned globally, down from 13% last year.

What they're saying: In response to the report, Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for China's foreign ministry, told Reuters reporters in Beijing that U.S.-based institutions have no credibility.

  • “You should feel lucky that you work in Beijing and not in Washington,” Chunying said.

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Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

CDC says fully vaccinated people can take fewer precautions

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People who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can take fewer precautions in certain situations, including socializing indoors without masks when in the company of low-risk or other vaccinated individuals, according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Monday.

Why it matters: Per the report, there's early evidence that suggests vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and are potentially less likely to transmit the virus to other people. At the time of its publication, the CDC said the guidance would apply to about 10% of Americans.