49 journalists were killed this year, 389 are currently in prison and 57 are being held hostage, according to the annual worldwide round-up of deadly violence and abusive treatment against journalists, released today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is an independent non-profit organization with consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). It is now one of the world’s leading non-profit organizations in the defense and promotion of freedom of information.
The organization noted that the number of journalists killed this year is the lowest since 2003. It is 44% less than in 2018.
At the same time, the number of journalists killed in countries at peace continues to be as high as in previous years.
Among others, the report mentions Ukrainian journalist Vadym Komarov. "a Ukrainian journalist who was well known for investigating corruption in the city of Cherkasy and who had been the target of several murder attempts in recent years, died in June from the severe head injuries he had sustained in a violent assault in May. His murder remains unpunished," the report said.
The report also mentions journalist Stanislav Aseev (better known under the name Stanislav Vasin), who was given a 15-year prison sentence in August by the pro-Russian separatist “authorities” in eastern Ukraine’s self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR)”, where he has been held since June 2017.
As we reported earlier, National police detained the persons of interests in case of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet. They were also notified on suspicion as Interior Minister Arsen Avakov reported on Facebook.
“Recently National police detained and by agreement of the GPU (Prosecutor General’s Office, - 112.international) serve the grounded suspicion to the persons of interests in case of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet. It is the result of a very difficult and hard work of real specialists and the important step for complete solution of the case,” Avakov wrote.