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Too Bad: 2015 the Second Deadliest Year for Journalists


2015 was the second deadliest year for journalists in a decade with 115 journalists killed across the globe, according to the UN. The report published by UNESCO shows that on average, every five days a journalist is killed for bringing information to the public and attacks on media professionals are often perpetrated in non-conflict situations by organized crime groups, militia, security personnel, and even local police, making local journalists among the most vulnerable.

Looking at the issue regionally, the findings of the report show that Arab States were most affected by journalists’ killings during the time of this report, with 36 percent of all cases occurring in this region. This number is attributed to the ongoing conflict situations in the Syrian Arab Republic, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.

According to Irina Bokova, the Director General of UNESCO, since 2006, they have cumulatively received information from 59 member states on 402 killings out of 827 in the last decade but just a few have been handled conclusively. And only 63 of the 402 cases have been reported and resolved, representing 16 percent of the cases for which information was received and only 8 per cent of all killings registered by UNESCO.