CPJ: More than 80% of world journalist killings go unpunished

In the world over the past 10 years, 278 journalists have been killed and the death of most of them, namely 226 people, went unpunished. This is over 80 percent of the time.

This is stated in the so-called Impunity Index for 2021, released on October 28, by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

In the first place in the five countries where the situation with the rights of journalists is the worst, Somalia remains for the seventh year in a row. This is followed by Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and Afghanistan.

“This is a terrible signal for journalism, because any government, any criminal group that wants to silence a journalist can do this for only a few thousand dollars by hiring an assassin.” told the Voice of America Robert Mahoney, Deputy Executive Director, Human Rights Non-Governmental Committee.

Russia is in the 10th line in the Impunity Index. Mexico is sixth on the list, followed by the Philippines, Brazil and Pakistan.

In the report, human rights activists express particular concern over the coming to power in Afghanistan of the radical Taliban movement (recognized as terrorist in Russia and prohibited). “The promises of the Taliban leaders to defend freedom of expression look empty after their seizure of power, as members of the group have already committed dozens of violations against media workers, including beatings and unlawful detentions,” the committee said in its report.

Human rights activists emphasize that after the strengthening of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the collapse of all state institutions, the prospect of finding the killers of 17 journalists who have died in this country over the past 10 years looks elusive.

At least two media workers who were killed in Afghanistan last year, namely Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (Radio Azadi) Afghan correspondent Elias Daiy and freelancer Rahmatullah Nikzad, received threats before death from the Taliban. This circumstance, the Committee to Protect Journalists notes, heightens fears that the Taliban government will ever bring those responsible to justice.

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