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Thursday, February 11, 2016
2,300 Journalists Killed in Past 25 Years
The mere fact that only one in ten is investigated tells the story. Journalists are been treated as combatants rather than civilian contractors. The only proper answer is to embed journalists into at least one of the combatants so at least military justice can prevail.
Where criminal gangs run free, it becomes necessary to have real bodyguards who can call upon insistence. My point is that these are been viewed as hostile targets attracting almost no retribution. The response needs to be dialed up and targeted against purported government.
It is offensive that it has come down to this. Perhaps it is time we simply impose news blackouts and end natural promotion. Getting run down gains no coverage and this can as well.
. 2,300 Journalists Killed in Past 25 Years: Report
BRUSSELS—In the last quarter century, at least 2,297 journalists
and media staff have been killed for doing nothing more than trying to
inform the world on war, revolution, crime and corruption. And killers
continue to act with impunity, the International Federation of
Journalists announced in a new report.
The annual total stood at 40 in the federation’s first year of counting, 1990, but has not dipped under the 100-mark since 2010.
“The last ten years were the most dangerous,” said IFJ General
Secretary Anthony Bellanger in an interview, with 2006 the worst year of
all with 155 killed.
And despite vows of protection from as high as the United Nations,
the IFJ said it produced the report “25 years of contribution towards
safer journalism” to underscore a worsening climate of impunity which
has helped killers get away with murder and turn journalists into soft
“The IFJ estimates that only one of ten killings is investigated,” the report said, with actual convictions lower still.
“That is the diplomatic issue. Let’s stop the impunity that protects the killers,” Bellanger said.
The 79-page report will be made public next week, but The Associated
Press obtained a copy ahead of a debate Monday at the British Parliament
on “deaths of professional and citizen journalists in conflict zones.”
The IFJ will also take the report to a major UNESCO meeting in Paris
next Thursday devoted to the same issue.
“We bring this report to show to all that it really is time to do something about it,” said Bellanger.
Last year stood out for the attacks on the Paris office of the
satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, where two Islamic extremists killed 12
people at the satirical newspaper’s office. The IFJ’s total tally of the
year stood at 112.
The IFJ says it bases its information on a variety of sources,
including national affiliates in about 140 nations, police sources and
political reports. It has published annual reports since 1990, focusing
on the killings of journalists and media staff in work-related
incidents. The totals center on deaths of media professionals in
targeted assassinations, cross fire incidents and bomb attacks.
Beyond the sustained high totals, Bellanger said that there is also a
disturbing trend in which kidnappers who seize journalists kill them,
all too often without even seeking ransom.
The targeting of journalists has continued unabated this year too.
Earlier this month, a suicide car bomb attack in the Afghan capital,
Kabul, targeted a bus owned by Afghanistan’s biggest media organization,
Moby Group and a Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility saying Moby’s
Tolo TV was the target. Seven media workers were killed.
Over the past 25 years, Iraq has topped the list of most dangerous
countries, the scene of 309 killings, the overwhelming majority of them
since the 2003 U.S. led invasion and war.
In second place is the Philippines, with 146 killings, while Mexico
and its drugs-related violence is third with 120. Those two nations also
underscore the IFJ’s “recurring finding of our reports that there are
many more killed in peacetime situations than in war-stricken