74 journalists killed worldwide in 2016, says RSF
KABUL (Pajhwok): Seventy-four journalists and media workers were killed worldwide during the current year, showing a significant fall from the 2015 figure of 101 deaths, an international media watchdog said on Monday.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said 53 (72%) of news-people died in targeted attacks and 21 (28%) were killed in the line of their duty. There was a 15% decrease in the number of professional journalists killed by this time in 2015.
By close of 2015, 67 journalists had been killed. ‘‘Almost three quarters of the journalists killed this year were knowingly targeted. This was, for example, the case in Afghanistan, where 10 journalists were killed.
In a statement, RSF said the alarming figures reflected the increasingly deliberate use of violence and the failure of international initiatives aimed at protecting journalists.”
The fatalities included 57 professional journalists, 9 citizen journalists and 8 media contributors. Two-thirds of the journalists killed this year were in conflict zones, unlike 2015, when many were killed in countries at peace, like the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
“This year, Mexico has been the world’s deadliest country for professional journalists, who were the victims of violence by not only criminal cartels but also by police and government officials, among whom corruption is widespread,” the report added.
According to the RSF report, the top five deadliest countries are Syria (19 deaths), Afghanistan (10 deaths), Mexico (9 deaths), Iraq (7 deaths) and Yemen (5 deaths).
“The violence against journalists is more and more deliberate,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “They are clearly being targeted and murdered because they are journalists…”
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