Another deadly year for journalists as 93 killed in 2016

A photojournalist reacts to tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a protest calling for the release of Palestinian journalist Omar Nazal, who is held by Israel, near Israel's Ofer Prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah April 26, 2016. (Reuters)

The International Federation of Journalists says that 93 journalists and media staff were killed in targeted attacks, by bombs or by crossfire in 2016 while a further 29 died in two plane crashes.

The IFJ said in its annual report released on Friday that the number was down from 112 in 2015. Iraq still had the largest number of media killings with 15, ahead of Afghanistan with 13 and Mexico with 11, eight in Yemen, six in both Guatemala and in Syria, and five in both India and Pakistan.

“Any decrease in violence against journalist and media personnel is always welcome but these figures... leave little room for comfort and reinforce hopes for the end of the security crisis in the media sector,” IFJ president Philippe Leruth said in a statement.

“There cannot be impunity for these crimes.”

In the two plane crashes, 20 Brazilian journalists died in Colombia and nine Russian media staff died as they headed to Syria.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50