Is this the end of fearless journalism? If not, then why one journalist have to die per 4 and half day? Or do they had to pay for their honesty?
In the last decade, 827 working journalists have been killed. The situation is worst in the Middle East. Most of the journalists were killed while collecting news in Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya. Latin America is in next position.
This awful situation was highlighted in the United Nations’ education and cultural section UNESCO’s report, relating to the ‘safety of journalism and independent work hazards’. UNESCO has published the death record of journalists between 2006 to 2015.
The record shows that, in between 2013 to 2015, there are the most cases of killing, a rate of 59%. During these two years, 78 out of 213 journalists have been killed.
Murder rate of local journalist were larger than the foreigners. But in 2014, creating a record, a total of 17 foreign correspondent were killed.
Online journalists are not safe, either. The increase the range of online journalism, the more of them coming down the steep. In 2014, two online journalists were killed, while the death toll rose to 21 in 2015.
Reports of killing male journalists are more than the female.
However, violence has increased against journalists. Without murder they have been the victim of assaults, kidnap, torture, threats, detention etc, in addition, sometimes their camera has been taken away, sometimes their pen-notebook!