At Least 50 Journalists Killed in 2020, Most Were ‘Deliberately Targeted’ for Their Work – Watchdog

(*50*)(*50*)(*50*)Although COVID-19 prompted some journalists to shrink back from actively figuring out in the sector, new figures point out that even amid the devastating pandemic reporters continued to be killed.

(*50*)A brand new report launched by watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday revealed that not less than 50 journalists have been killed in 2020 because of the journalistic work they have been conducting on the time.

(*50*)The yearly printed report notes that of the murdered people, 45 have been deemed as skilled journalists, 4 have been media staff, and one particular person was recognized as a non-skilled journalist.

(*50*)The prime 5 deadliest international locations for journalists have been Mexico, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Additionally, the report discovered that almost all of the reporters (34) have been killed in international locations not at battle, and that every one however one of many journalists have been nationals of the nation the place they have been killed.

(*50*)“In 2020, nearly seven out of every 10 journalists killed (68%) lost their lives in countries ‘at peace,’ whereas in 2016, it was only four out of every ten.” 

(*50*)The watchdog additionally decided that Mexico “tragically confirmed its position [in 2020] as world leader of the most dangerous countries for the media” after accounting for 10 murdered journalists. Investigators are nonetheless making an attempt to find out whether or not two of these victims have been killed for their work.

(*50*)Several assaults in opposition to journalists in Mexico have been documented all through the years, with instances involving drug cartels taking heart stage. The RSF report highlights two extreme instances that noticed journalist Julio Valdivia Rodríguez beheaded and editor Víctor Fernando Álvarez Chávez murdered and minimize into items.

(*50*)Data collected by the Committee to Protect Journalists particulars that since 1992, not less than 125 reporters have been killed in Mexico, of which not less than 53 have been confirmed to have been killed attributable to their occupation.  

(*50*)RSF’s report examined instances that happened between January 1 and December 15. It states that this yr’s tally brings the variety of journalists killed over the previous 10 years to 937.


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