India among most dangerous countries for journalists: CEP report
Digital office: Afghanistan and Mexico have become the most dangerous countries for media work this year. The annual report published by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) lists the names of countries where journalists or media work have faced colossal obstacles. Since January, 77 media workers have been killed in 28 countries around the world.
Geneva-based PEC released the annual report on World Human Rights Day, highlighting the number of journalists killed around the world in recent years.
Afghanistan leads with 12 assassinations, ahead of Mexico where 10 journalists were killed. Among the most dangerous countries are Pakistan (7), India (6), the Philippines (4), Yemen (4) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (3).
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Two deaths were recorded in Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Colombia, as well as Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia and Turkey.
Finally, a victim has been identified in the following countries: Ecuador, Gaza, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Syria and the United States of America.
By region, Asia leads with 40 dead, ahead of Latin America with 17 dead, Africa 154, Europe 5 and North America 1.
“The number of journalists killed is down 8% compared to the same period last year, a slight improvement. An improvement has taken place in Latin America outside Mexico, a deterioration is observed in Africa and Europe. Mexico and Afghanistan have been among the most dangerous countries for journalists for many years, but the rise in power in Africa is of particular concern, ”commented PEC General Secretary Blaise Lempen.
Press freedom has suffered a serious setback after the deaths of 3 journalists in Greece, Georgia and the Netherlands. In Burma (Myanmar) after the military coup and in Afghanistan after the departure of NATO troops, the functioning of the press suffered a serious defeat.
Of the 77 journalists murdered, 29 were in war zones (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, DRC, Ethiopia, Gaza, Somalia, Syria and Yemen). Terrorist groups have been responsible for at least 20 murders (Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen), an increase from previous years.
In ten years, from 2012 to 2021, 1,150 journalists have been killed, according to PEC figures>
A positive development, said PEC President Hedayat Abdel Nabi, is that awareness across the world has become more widespread due to the impressive engagement of media colleagues spreading the message of media protection and the safety of journalists and freedom of the press.
India recently lost Buddhinath Jha (journalist and right to information activist (RTI), also known as Avinash Jha), whose body was found in the locality of Madhubani in Bihar on November 12. . The Benipatti-based family claimed that Buddhinath had been offered a lot of money (as bribes) by some owners of illegal health clinics, but he did not listen to them. He later received a number of threatening calls from unknown people, ”said Nava Thakuria, representative of PEC in India.
Before him, the populated country lost five journalists namely Ashu Yadav, Sulabh Srivastava, Ch. Keshav, Manish Kumar Singh and Raman Kashyap to the attackers this year. Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed in Afghanistan. India’s two neighbors, Pakistan and Bangladesh, reported (7 and 2 respectively) casualties in the media, but Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet (China), Maldives, Sri Lanka and Myanmar have not reported any incidents of murder by a journalist so far this year.