Jan 26, 2023 04:50 GMT
Ukraine, Mexico and Haiti are the countries where the most media workers have lost their lives in a violent manner.
The murders of journalists increased by 50% worldwide in 2022 compared to the previous year, according to a new report of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
At least 67 media workers lost their lives violently last year, the highest number since 2018. More than half of these murders, exactly 35, occurred in three countries: Ukraine (15), Mexico (13) and Haiti (7).
At the same time, CPJ “documented 30 journalists killed in Latin America in 2022, nearly half the global total, a reflection of the enormous risk journalists in the region face when covering topics such as crime, corruption, gang violence and the environment”.
As the agency was able to confirm, 41 of the 67 journalists were murdered “in direct relation to his work”while the motives for the other 26 crimes are still being investigated.
The journalists killed over the past year were working on news and reporting on “crime and corruption in Colombia; political unrest in Chad, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Myanmar; the environment in Brazil; and local politics in Turkey and the United States. “. “Their deaths underscore the scope of the threats facing the press around the world.”CPJ concluded.