348 workers of the mass media are imprisoned now and 60 journalists are hostages. Afghanistan is considered the most dangerous place for the mass media representatives.
It is noted that the journalists have never before suffered from such violence and cruel treatment as in 2018: this year, journalists were killed by 15 persons more than in 2017. According to the report, 49 people were killed purposefully.
Thus, more than half of these journalists died in five countries: fifteen in Afghanistan, eleven in Syria, nine in Mexico, eight in Yemen and six in India. Six journalists died in the U.S. this year, four of them died during the attack at the local Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland.
“Violence against journalists has reached the unprecedented levels this year, and the situation is now critical. The hatred of journalists that is voiced, and sometimes very openly proclaimed, by unscrupulous politicians, religious leaders and businessmen has tragic consequences on the ground and has been reflected in this disturbing increase in violations against journalists,” Christophe Deloire, the Secretary-General of the Reporters Without Borders said.
“Reporters Without Borders” also reported about 36 journalists died outside the crisis regions of the world. The issue is, first of all, about Mexico. A lot of killed journalists wrote about corruption and drug-related crimes.
More than half out of 348 imprisoned mass media representatives were arrested in five countries: China, Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia. It is noted that about 150 prisoners are not professional journalists. Particularly in China, it is possible to go to jail just for the post on the social networks.
Last year, at least 65 workers of the mass media died due to their professional activity.
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