Record number of journalists killed in 2012

Record number of journalists killed in 2012
# 17 December 2012 16:47 (UTC +04:00)

According to the PEC annual report this figure represents a 30 percent increase as compared to the 2011 figures, APA reports.

PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen noted that 2012 was a terrible year for media casualties because of the Syrian crisis, it started with the death of Gilles Jacquier and Marie Colvin, and since a number of journalists have been targeted by both sides in this conflict, which is particularly difficult to cover due to the intensity of fighting in urban zones and the inability to distinguish between civilians and the military. After Iraq from 2003 to 2006, the conflict in Syria has become the bloodiest for journalists since the beginning of this century.

At least 36 journalists, among them 13 working for foreign media, were killed since January of this year in Syria. This figure does not include media activists, pro-opposition citizens who occasionally inform the world of current developments. Three other journalists are reported missing or detained.

The situation in Somalia has deteriorated dramatically, where 19 were killed when targeted by military groups that oppose criticism.

Pakistan comes third in the PEC ranking of most dangerous countries for media work, with 12 journalists killed. The tensions in Baluchistan and the tribal zones explain those numbers.

Most dangerous countries in 2012: Syria (36 journalists killed), Somalia (19), Pakistan (12), Mexico (11), Brazil (11), Philippines (6), Honduras (6), Bangladesh (4). By region, the Middle East was severely hit in 2012 with 44 journalists killed, Latin America in second position with 35 victims. Asia 31, Africa 28. Only one casualty was registered in Europe.

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