1,300 Journalists Killed Between 2002 And 2013.
Journalism in some quarters is definitely a risky profession, and one’s calling to keep at it takes a certain courage and perseverance. In this rather revealing and insightful Washington Post article by Anita Gohdes and Sabine Carey, they chart these risks in various circumstances around the world, not just in war zones. In statistics produced by the Committee to Protect Journalists, the issues that contributed to the most deaths are war (75%), politics (38%), corruption (19%), human rights (17%), crime (17%), and cultural differences (13%). The highest numbers of journalists were killed under these circumstances: murdered, in crossfire or combat, and on dangerous assignments. Since 1992, the top ten deadliest countries for journalists are Iraq, Syria, the Philippines, Algeria, Somalia, Pakistan, Russia, Colombia, India, and Brazil. At least 88% of all those killed were covering stories in their own countries, and nearly all are men, although the total included 80 female journalists. 40% of those murdered had been previously threatened. Prosecutions for deaths among journalists are rare, occurring only in 13% of cases.
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