Senegal: CPJ says 69 journalists killed in 2015

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), on Tuesday said 69 journalists were killed in relation to their work in 2015, with Islamic militants responsible for 28, or 40 per cent.

In a statement made available to PANA in Dakar, Senegal, the press freedom watchdog disclosed that nine killings took place in France, second only to Syria as the most deadly country for the press in 2015.

"Non-state actors ranging from Islamic militants to criminal gangs have become the most lethal threat to journalists worldwide, and account for the vast majority of killing that took place in the past year," remarked CPJ's Executive Director, Joel Simon.

"Reversing this terrible trend will require delivering effective justice while also ensuring that journalists on the front line have the information and support they need to stay safe."

According to CPJ, groups such as Al-Qaeda, Islamic State, Taliban, and Al-Shabaab were responsible for murders of journalists in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Turkey, and Yemen, as well as France. In Bangladesh, Islamic extremists killed a publisher and four bloggers.

The statement revealed that worldwide, more than two-thirds of the journalists killed in 2015 were murdered in direct reprisal for their work and at least 28 of the 47 murdered victims received threats before they were killed.

Six journalists were murdered in Brazil, the highest number CPJ has documented since it began keeping detailed records in 1992.

Registering for the first time on CPJ's database of journalists killed were South Sudan, Poland, and Ghana.

The press freedom watchdog also pointed out that one-third of killings worldwide came at the hands of criminal groups, government officials, or local residents - in most cases, drug traffickers or local authorities suspected of being involved with organized crime.

The statement said that the most common beat covered by victims was politics, followed by war and human rights. The broadcast reporter was the most dangerous job with 25 killed while 29 victims worked online.

CPJ's database of journalists killed for their work in 2015 includes capsule reports on each victim and a statistical analysis.

Meanwhile, the press freedom watchdog says that going by its most recent annual prison census, "more than half of the 199 journalists jailed by governments around the world are jailed on anti-state charges - showing how the press is being squeezed by terrorists on the one hand and by authorities purporting to fight terror on the other".
-0- PANA MLJ/MA 29Dec2015

29 december 2015 11:20:16




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