Twice as many journalists murdered in 2020 than last year
Mexico remains one of the most dangerous countries for the press
The number of journalists murdered for their work has doubled in 2020, with 21 "retaliatory" killings, against 10 last year, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Tuesday. Mexico remains one of the most dangerous countries for the press, with at least five journalists killed last year including four retaliatory killings, the organization said in a statement.
While criminal groups are most often suspected of these assassinations, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) recalls the "appalling" execution of Iranian journalist and opponent Rouhollah Zam on December 12, whose hanging sparked a worldwide outcry. He was accused of having played an active role in the protest of the winter of 2017-18 in Iran.
Investigations into the causes of the death of 15 other journalists
With the pandemic and the travel restrictions it entailed, the number of journalists killed in combat or in the crossfire was at its lowest since 2000, with three journalists dead on December 15, all in Syria by suspected Russian airstrikes, according to CPJ.
Six other journalists have died on dangerous missions, including two in Iraq - bringing to at least 30 the number of journalists killed this year, according to the organization. The organization also indicates that it is still investigating the causes of the death of 15 other journalists in 2020.