A total of 65 journalists and media workers were killed around the world in 2020 while doing their job, according to the International Federation of Journalists.
That’s 17 more than in 2019, and the death toll is roughly the same as it was in the 1990s, the federation said on Friday as it released details of its annual kill report.
The IFJ said the killings took place in 16 different countries during targeted attacks, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents.
A total of 2,680 journalists have been killed since the IFJ began counting in 1990. “The ruthless reign of crime barons in Mexico, the violence of extremists in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia, as well as the intolerance of supporters hardliners in India and the Philippines have contributed to the continued bloodshed in the media, “IFJ Secretary General Anthony Bellanger said. For the fourth time in five years, Mexico tops the list of countries where it has been most journalists killed, with 14 murders. It was followed by 10 deaths in Afghanistan; nine in Pakistan, eight in India, four in the Philippines and Syria and three in Nigeria and Yemen. There were also murders in Iraq, Somalia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Honduras, Paraguay, Russia and Sweden.
In addition to the deaths, the IFJ said at least 229 journalists were in prison worldwide in March 2021 due to their work. The federation said Turkey is “the largest journalist jailer in the world” – with at least 67 media workers in its cells. This was followed by 23 journalists detained in China, 20 in Egypt, 16 in Eritrea and 14 in Saudi Arabia. “No democracy worthy of the name can jail the messengers of freedom of expression,” Bellanger said.
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- The ruthless reign of crime barons in Mexico, the violence of extremists in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia, as well as the intolerance of hardliners in India and the Philippines have all contributed to the continued bloodshed in the media, the secretary said. IFJ General Anthony Bellanger.
- Group of journalists: 65 media workers killed in 2020