Media News - Thursday, August 09, 2012
At least 70 journalists and support staff were killed while on assignment in the first half of this year, making it one of the bloodiest periods of recent times. Fifteen were confirmed dead in Syria alone between January and June, according to the biannual Killing The Messenger survey of news mediacasualties produced for the International News Safety Institute (INSI) by the Cardiff school of journalism. The next worst countries were Nigeria, where seven unidentified newspaper staff were killed by a bomb, Brazil, Somalia, Indonesia, where five journalists died in a plane crash, and Mexico. The toll compares with 124 for the whole of 2011 and 56 for the first seven months of last year. And 70 may be a conservative figure as INSI has recorded the deaths of an additional 30 news people where it was unclear whether the killings were related to their work. The survey also highlighted that the great majority of news media deaths occur in countries during supposed peacetime. Forty-three journalists died in countries officially at peace, victims mostly of vicious criminals, and often abetted by corrupt security forces, politicians and business interests. Impunity remains the big problem. The rate of impunity for murder of a journalists has remained constant at around 90 percent globally for the past 10 years - undoubtedly fuelling more of the same. (INSI via The Guardian)
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