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Another bloody year for journalists

At least 109 journalists were killed in 2015, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said.

The group said the journalists and media staff died in in targeted killings, bomb attacks, and cross-fire incidents.

The killings occurred across 30 countries.

The list was topped by the Americas, where 27 died. Drug lords posed the biggest risk to journalists in the region. Eight died in Mexico and 6 in Honduras.

The Middle East was the second deadliest region in 2015, where 25 died — 10 in Iraq, 10 in Yemen, and 5 in Syria.

Asia Pacific was third, with 21 deaths. The deadliest country in the region was the Philippines, where 7 journalists were killed.

Africa was the fourth deadliest region, with 19 dead (led by Libya with 6 and South Sudan with 5), followed by Europe with 16.

In Europe, 11 French journalists died in 2015 when terrorists attacked the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

In 2014, 118 journalists were killed.

So far in 2016, 24 journalists and media workers have been killed in targeted attacks or by crossfire. Eight have died in Afghanistan,  three in Yemen,  and two each in Mexico and Pakistan.

Jim Boumelha, IFJ president, said: “Journalism is put daily to the sword in many regions of the world, where extremists, drug lords and reckless warring factions continue murdering journalists with impunity.”

He said there were “scores of unreported killings [in 2015] and unless the journalist is a well-known by-lined correspondent the world barely notices.”

Here’s a list (pdf) with the names of the 109 journalists killed in 2015.

Here’s are the names of those killed in 2016.


Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog. He can be contacted here.

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