December 20, 2018
The Committee to Protect Journalists said 34 of the 53 journalists killed on duty this year around the world were “singled out for murder.” “The number of journalists targeted for murder in reprisal for their reporting nearly doubled in 2018 from a year earlier, driving up the overall count of journalists killed on the job,” the New York-based watchdog group said in a report. (WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
By VERENA DOBNIK The Associated Press
The committee also said the imprisonment of journalists has been on the rise.
“The context for the crisis is varied and complex, and closely tied to changes in technology that have allowed more people to practice journalism even as it has made journalists expendable to the political and criminal groups who once needed the news media to spread their message,” the committee said in its annual report.
The report came a day after the media freedom group Reporters Without Borders issued its own tally, saying the U.S. was among the top five deadliest countries for journalists this year for the first time, with six dead. Four of those were journalists killed by a gunman in a June attack on the newspaper Capital Gazette in Maryland. In addition, another two journalists died while covering a storm.
The shooting, in which another newspaper employee was also killed, was the deadliest single attack on the media in recent U.S. history.