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1668 Journalists killed in the Past 20 years Between 2003 to 2022

A total of 1,668 Journalists have been killed worldwide with murders, contract killings, ambushes, war zone deaths, and fatal injuries. These journalists have been killed in connection with their work in the last two decades from 2003 to 2022. The reports gave an average of more than 80 journalists being killed every year.

Christopher Deloire, RSF Secretary General said that behind the figures, there are the faces, personalities, talent, and commitment of those who have paid with their lives for their information gathering their search for the truth, and their passion for journalism.

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1668 Journalists killed in the Past 20 years Between 2003 to 2022- Key Points

  • The annual death toll peaked in 2012 and 2013 with 144 and 142 journalists killed.
  • The number of journalists killed in connection with their works was 58 this year.
  • It was the highest in the past four years and was 13.7 percent higher than in 2021.
  • During the past two decades, 80 percent of media fatalities have occurred in 15 countries.
  • The two countries with the highest death tolls are Iraq and Syria with a combined total of 578 journalists killed in the past 20 years.
  • Followed by Afghanistan, Yemen, and Palestine. Africa has not been spared with Somalia coming next.

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