RSF: 80 reporters have died every year since 2003

PARIS, 1 Jan 2023:

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reported Friday that an average of 80 reporters have died every year in the past two decades while practicing their profession.

The list of the most dangerous nations for journalists was led by Iraq, Syria and Mexico.

According to RSF’s annual report released Friday, 1,668 journalists have died over the last two decades.

The most deaths were recorded in 2012 and 2013, with 144 and 142 reporters killed, respectively.

In the period between 2003-2022, the institution estimated that an average of 80 journalists have died every year in connection with their work. “The total killed since 2000 is 1,787.”

In the last 20 years, 80% of the killings have occurred in 15 countries.

Iraq and Syria, two areas of international conflict, have accounted for more than one-third of the deaths (578), followed by Mexico with 125 deaths.

RSF underlined that Latin American – although not an area of conflict like Syria, Iraq or Ukraine – remains one of the most dangerous places for reporters accounting for “47.4% of the journalists killed in 2022.”

After Mexico, Brazil (ranked ninth most dangerous in world) and Colombia (11th) recorded 42 and 31 deaths, respectively, while Honduras (13th) accounted for 26, in the past 20 years.

The deadliest European country for the media was Russia, ranked 14th on the list of the 15 most violent nations for reporters, with 25 killings recorded in the past two decades.

Ukraine (20th) was Europe’s second most dangerous nation for media personnel due to the ongoing Russian invasion that started on 24 Feb 2022. Turkey rounded up the top three in the old continent.

– EFE