1,668 journalists have been killed in the last 20 years across the world

In the report published by Reporters Without Borders, it was stated that 1,668 journalists were killed in the last 20 years around the world.

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has released a report on the number of journalists killed worldwide. According to the data released, a total of 1,668 journalists have lost their lives in the last 20 years. In the statement made by the RSF, the years 2003-2022 Were described as deadly years for journalists, and it was stated that more than 80 journalists were killed on average every year during this period.


In the report, which stated that Iraq and Syria are the most dangerous countries for the profession of journalism, it was reported that a total of 578 journalists were killed in the last 20 years, 299 in Iraq and 279 in Syria. The announced number accounts for more than a third of journalists killed worldwide. According to the report, which states that the darkest period was the years 2012 and 2013 due to the war in Syria, 144 journalists were killed in 2012 and 142 journalists in 2013. It was reported that these numbers started to decrease gradually since 2019, when 54 journalists were killed.


Reporters Without Borders, after the start of the war in Ukraine, a partial increase in the number of journalists who died began. According to this, 58 journalists have been killed while practicing their profession worldwide this year. Last year, 51 journalists lost their lives.

Eight journalists have been killed in Ukraine since Russia launched its attacks on Ukraine on February 24. In the last 19 years before the war in Ukraine, a total of 12 press workers lost their lives. While Ukraine is seen as the most dangerous country in Europe for press workers due to the war, it has been stated that 25 journalists have been killed in Russia in the last 20 years.

According to the report, 80 percent of the deaths occurred in 15 countries around the world, 125 journalists died in Mexico, 107 journalists in the Philippines, 93 journalists in Pakistan, 81 journalists in Afghanistan and 78 in Somalia.



According to the RSF, armed conflicts around the world are the most dangerous workplaces for journalists. It was noted in the report that countries where there is no official war are not always safe for journalists, and that some of these countries are at the top of the list in the number of murders committed. In the report, it was stated that in the last 20 years, more journalists have lost their lives in non-war countries than in war zones. It was stated that journalists in these regions were killed while covering the news of organized crime and corruption. According to the report, 47.4 percent of the murders of journalists occurred in the Americas, with the majority in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Honduras. For this reason, it was stated that America is the most dangerous continent in the world for journalists.


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