“Reporters Without Borders tallied 50 cases of journalists killed in connection with their work from 1 January to 15 December 2020, a number similar to 2019 (when 53 journalists were killed), although fewer journalists have been in the field this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the message said.
It was noted that most journalists are killed in countries that are considered to be peaceful. In 2016, 58% of cases of death of mass media workers took place in the conflict zones. Currently, only 32% of fatalities were observed in the countries with war such as Syria and Yemen or in countries with low or medium-intensity conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq.
The majority of the cases (68%) took place in peaceful countries. The highest number of deceased journalists observed in Mexico (eight people), India (four people), the Philippines (three) and Honduras (three).
The majority of the journalists deceased in 2020 were killed for their professional activity. Thus, 84% of the journalists killed in 2020 were murdered deliberately. In 2019, this rate made 63%. It is noted that some journalists were killed in a particularly barbaric manner.
Earlier, the Reporters Without Borders collected the statistics of detained, missing or captured journalists. It stated that almost 400 journalists are jailed. More than half of the journalists are imprisoned in China, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Vietnam, Syria.
As we reported, 25 cases of physical aggression against the Ukrainian journalists took place during three months of autumn in 2020. During the last four years, it is the largest number of incidents that occurred in autumn; the lowest number was observed in 2019 (16 cases), in 2017 – 21 incidents, in 2018 – 23 incidents.