Journalist deaths jumped 50 per cent in 2022

Journalist deaths jumped 50 per cent in 2022

Killing of journalists nearby World 50 percent increase in 2022 compared to last year, largely driven by attacks ukraineMexico and Haiti.

At least 67 news media workers will be killed worldwide in 2022, the highest number since 2018, according to a report Tuesday by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Journalists in all three countries say the growing threat has forced them to work below par. extreme stress

The impact is particularly notable in Haiti, where seven journalists were killed in 2022, a huge number for a small island nation of about 12 million people. Some were killed by the violent street gangs that had originally taken over the capital, Port au Prince, but at least two were shot dead by police.

Radio Caribe reporter Mackensen Remi, who still covers news on the road, said journalists no longer know who to trust.

“Reporting in Haiti nowadays is extremely difficult for journalists, especially in the capital,” Remy said. “Corruption is everywhere, there is no one you can trust.”

Raimi compared his work to the 1998 film – The Truman Show – driving around city streets carved into gang neighborhoods, in which the protagonist always feels like he is being watched.

CPJ said more than half – 35 of the 67 murders – occurred in just three countries: Ukraine, Mexico and Haiti. According to the committee, 13 news workers were killed in Mexico. Other media groups put the number at 15, which would make 2022 the deadliest year for Mexican journalists in at least three decades. CPJ said 15 newsmen were killed in war-torn Ukraine last year.

CPJ said it has confirmed that 41 of the 67 journalists were killed directly in the course of their work, and that it is investigating the causes of another 26 killings. CPJ said that journalists covering the war in Ukraine “face enormous risks.”

“Members of the press are often injured by shelling while covering the conflict, and some report that they have been targeted by Russian forces,” the committee said in its report.

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In Mexico, the killings appear to be due to a toxic mix of drug gang violence, local political corruption and a lack of punishment for killers. Sonia de Anda reports for the Esquina32 news website in the northern border city of Tijuana, where two journalists were murdered within a week in January 2022. He said that since the killings, journalists have changed their work habits or requested police protection.

“It set our whole work dynamic,” De Anda said. “If reporters go to a high-risk area that’s too far away, they’ll tell their colleagues where they’re going.” She also said that there was a “sharp increase” in requests for official security following the killings.

On January 17, 2022, crime photographer Margarito Martinez was shot outside his home. Five days later on January 23, reporter Lourdes Maldonado López was found shot to death inside her car.

Investigators said that a local drug cartel boss paid the gunmen about 1,000 USD to kill the news photographer because he thought Martinez had taken a picture of him or his family. The photograph in question was not of Martinez.

Authorities arrested and prosecuted some low-ranking gunmen, but not those who ordered the killings. CPJ said, “The message the officers are sending is that anybody can come and kill you for US$1,000.”

The 2022 killings included four journalists in the Philippines and two each in Colombia, Brazil and Honduras. Two journalists were also killed in Bangladesh, India, MyanmarSomalia and Chad.

On September 2 last year, a journalist was murdered in the United States: Jeff German, a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. A Las Vegas-area elected official about whom German wrote the articles has pleaded not guilty to murder.

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