CPJ: number of journalists killed doubles in 2020

Journalists Killed in 2019: Infographic Video

Revenge killings rose significantly, while conflict-related deaths fell

The number of journalists killed in the line of duty around the world has doubled this year, the Committee to Protect Journalists notes in its report.

The number of murders in revenge for reporting has increased significantly over the previous year, but the death toll from military conflicts has dropped significantly.

According to the organization, at least 30 journalists have been killed worldwide this year. In 21 cases, the murders were in revenge for professional activities, while last year there were 10 such cases. Most killings occurred in Mexico, Afghanistan and the Philippines.

CPJ is also investigating the killings of 15 additional journalists around the world to determine if their work was the main motive..

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At the same time, the organization notes that the number of journalists who died as a result of hostilities fell to the lowest level since 2000: in 2020, only 3 such cases were recorded. CPJ attributes this to a decline in conflict in the Middle East and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made it difficult for journalists to travel..

The report also notes that the coronavirus not only restricts the work of the media, but also poses a serious threat to the health of journalists in detention. Thus, in Kyrgyzstan, journalist Azimjon Askarov died in prison. According to Askarov’s family, he had symptoms resembling COVID-19.

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