In 2022, 67 journalists and media members were killed – an increase of 50% from 2021, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which has tracked journalist killings since 1992.
The toll was the highest recorded since 2018, CPJ said, and was largely concentrated in Haiti, Mexico and Ukraine, which have been ravaged by political instability, organized crime violence, and war.
Which countries were the most dangerous for journalists?
- Fifteen journalists were killed mostly during the early stages of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, CPJ said.
- Of those, 13, including American Time Magazine journalist Brent Renaud, were killed while on assignment.
- CPJ said it was still investigating whether the other two deaths were work-related.
- Thirteen journalists were killed in Mexico in 2022, the highest-ever in the Latin American country.
- Of those, three journalists were murdered in retaliation for their work.
- Motives for the remaining 10 deaths are still under investigation, “but in a country characterized by violence and impunity, it is notoriously difficult to confirm whether journalists were killed because of their work,” CPJ said.
- CPJ said Latin America (30 killed) was the deadliest region for journalists in 2022.
- Mexico accounted for nearly half the deaths.
- The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in late 2021 plunged the nation into deep political crisis and unrest. Gang violence was rampant, CPJ said.
- Seven journalists were killed in the Caribbean country in 2022, according to CPJ.
- Of those, five journalists covering the country’s disarray were murdered because of their work, CPJ found, while the motives for the other two killings were unclear.
- Two journalists were killed at the hands of police.
High profile cases in the United States, abroad
Jeff German, a veteran investigative reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, was stabbed to death at his Las Vegas home in September. Authorities charged a local elected official, about whom German had written investigative stories, with murder.
He took on the power players of Sin City:It may have gotten him killed.
Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was covering an Israeli military raid on a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank in May when she was shot dead. An American probe, and multiple independent media investigations found evidence she was killed by Israeli forces.
Contributing: Associated Press
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