Killings of journalists in reprisal for work doubled in 2018

Killings of journalists in reprisal for work doubled in 2018

More journalists were killed, imprisoned and held hostage in 2018 than the year before, according to the latest annual report from Reporters Without Borders.

In addition, the committee said the imprisonment of journalists has been on the rise.

In China and Iran, most of those detained are citizen journalists who, faced with a regime that suppresses freedom of the press, attempted to share information online - often through social media.

Most of the journalists killed were political reporters who were investigating the government, crime or corruption, and were murdered by political groups.

The RSF report added that the high-profile killing of Slovakian journalist Ján Kuciak and the arrests of Reuters journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone in Myanmar demonstrated "how far some people will go to silence "troublesome" journalists".

"This year the United States became the fourth deadliest country in the world alongside Mexico because of the unprecedented murder of journalists and editorial staff by a lone gunman at the Capital Gazette newspaper", CPJ told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email Wednesday.

"The United States joined the ranks of the world's deadliest countries for the media this year, with a total of six journalists killed", the group reports. For instance, Reporters Without Borders included the two journalists who died covering the storm. While the group notes that it distinguishes "between journalists who were deliberately targeted and those who were killed while reporting in the field", it nevertheless lumps the United States among some unusual bedfellows.

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The numbers, which represent those killed between January 1 and December 14, make 2018 the deadliest year for journalists in the past three years, according to CPJ data.

The "shocking" murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in October, which led to an worldwide outcry, demonstrated "the appalling nature of the Saudi regime and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's oppressive methods", the organization said.

In this April 30, 2018 file photo, relatives, colleagues and friends of AFP chief photographer, Shah Marai, who was killed that day in a second suicide attack, carry his coffin in his village, Guldara, a district of Kabul province, Afghanistan.

Crown Prince, Mohammed Salman ordered a restructuring of the intelligence service in October after the authorities, following initial denials, acknowledged that Mr Khashoggi had been killed inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate by a team of Saudi intelligence and security agents.

The jump this year reflects 10 reporters killed in Afghanistan, as well as four journalists slain in a June attack at Maryland's Capital Gazette newspaper. The report, however, includes two journalists who were killed by a falling tree in North Carolina.

The CPJ noted "Journalists continue to die working in other war-torn countries, such as Syria and Yemen, but the number of journalists killed in combat or crossfire fell to its lowest since 2011, as journalists' access is diminished or the risks become too grave to bear, leading to self-censorship, exile, or abandoning the work".

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