India Among 13 Nations Cited by Watchdog for Journalist Killings
The 13 countries accounted for 222 of the 318 deaths in the last 10 years, CPJ stated.
India is one of the 13 countries involved in more than 200 unsolved killings of journalists, cited a media watchdog for enabling “impunity” for the crimes.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said that the countries on its list were home to the majority of journalist killings over the past 10 years.
The countries “represent a mix of conflict-ridden regions and more stable countries where criminal groups, politicians, government officials, and other powerful actors resort to violence to silence critical and investigative reporting,” it stated.
Somalia was the worst country for the fifth year in a row in a ranking based on deaths as a percentage of each country's population — 25 unsolved killings in a country of 15 million people.
Syria was second and Iraq third on the list; the country with the largest number of unsolved killings was the Philippines with 41, followed by Mexico with 30, the New York-based group said.
Other countries making up the 13 worst were South Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Brazil, Bangladesh, Russia, Nigeria and India.
It further stated that in 2019, India saw 17 such murders of journalists in comparison to eight in 2018.
The 13 countries accounted for 222 of the 318 deaths in the last 10 years, CPJ said, with many of the cases linked to war and civil unrest.
“In the past decade, armed militant groups such as Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and the Islamic State group have most often targeted journalists with complete impunity,” the CPJ report said.
“However, criminal groups have become a major threat, killing large numbers of journalists and routinely escaping justice. Mexico, to date this year's deadliest country for journalists, has seen its impunity rating worsen nearly every year since 2008, as criminal cartels waged a campaign of terror against the media.”
(With inputs from PTI)
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