110 journalists killed in 2015; RSF seeks end to impunity
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 110 journalists were killed in connection with their work or for unclear reasons during the current year, the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Tuesday.
At least 67 of them were targeted because of their work or were killed while reporting, bringing to 787 the number of journalists killed in connection with their work since 2005.
Establishing the circumstances or motives of this year’s 43 other deaths of journalists has been impossible, the Paris-based group said, adding27 citizen-journalists and seven media workers were also killed in 2015.
It linked the disturbing situation to deliberate violence against journalists and the failure of the initiatives so far taken to protect media personnel. France, was identified as one of the deadliest countries for journalists.
France ranked third behind India and Iraq. The January attack on Charlie Hebdo contributed to a reversal of last year’s trend, when two thirds of the deaths occurred in war zones, RSF said.
In a statement, RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire said: “The creation of a specific mechanism for enforcing international law on the protection of journalists is absolutely essential,”
In his annual report on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity in August 2015, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “I am deeply concerned about the failure to reduce the frequency and scale of targeted violence that journalists face and the near absolute impunity for such crimes.”
RSF has been producing its annual round-up of violations against journalists for the past 20 years. It is based on precise data gathered by the group in the course of its monitoring activities.
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