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Number of Journalists Died Worldwide Reaches 1700: RSF

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontieres, or RSF) have reported that the total number of journalists who died over the past two decades (2003-2022) shockingly reaches nearly 1700.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) based in Paris, the capital of France, reported on Friday that 1668 journalists have died over the past 20 years, averaging 80 reporters dying per year in the world.

Over the past two decades, some 578 journalists have died in Iraq and Syria, making one-third of the overall tally. Afghanistan, Yemen, Palestine, and Somalia are ranked as dangerous places for journalists, respectively.

As per the findings of RSF, Russia has been the deadliest European country for reporters and media workers, while France is in fourth place.

The number of journalists killed in 2022 drastically increased as Russia started invading Ukraine in February 2022. In the year 2022, 58 reporters have been killed compared to 51 reporters in 2021.

One of the key finds of RSF reports indicates that countries not involved in wars have not been necessarily safe for journalists over the years. More reporters have been killed in “safe areas” than in war zones mostly due to researching organized crimes.

RSF found out that 47.4 percent of the reporters were killed in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, and Honduras this year, making America the most dangerous continent in the world for media and journalists.

It is stated that 4.86 percent of the journalists killed are women, and a total of 81 female journalists in the world have lost their lives in connection with their work.

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