Journalists Under Unprecedented Attack Worldwide

Journalists Under Unprecedented Attack Worldwide.

The key findings from the Index on Censorship third quarter 2016 report:

  • Four journalists were killed: Two in Ukraine, one in Russia and one in Turkey.

“With nine out of every 10 murders of journalists never solved, the vicious cycle of impunity still prevails. It has to be broken. There can be no exception to the very basic rule that all attacks on journalists must be investigated quickly and thoroughly. We should never give up the fight for journalists’ safety and the struggle to end impunity for crimes committed against journalists,” Dunja Mijatović, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, said.

  • 54 incidents of physical assault were reported.
  • 107 media professionals were arrested; 150 were detained and released.
  • 112 reports of intimidation, which includes psychological abuse, sexual harassment, trolling/cyberbullying and defamation, were made.

“Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned by the many cases of the use of violent intimidation tactics to silence journalists over the past few months. Acts of violence, and impunity for these acts, has a serious chilling effect on freedom of expression and freedom of information. The increasing use of violence to silence critical voices is part of a global trend of deteriorating press freedom, which must be addressed as a matter of urgent priority”, said Rebecca Vincent, UK Bureau Director for Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

  • Journalistic work was censored or altered 29 times.
  • Media professionals were blocked from covering a story in 89 cases.


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