More than 200 journalists ‘ killings were unsolved in 13 countries, blamed by a press watchdog for creating “impunity” for the crimes.
For the fifth year in a row, Somalia was the worst country in a death ranking as a percentage of the population of each country – 25 unsolved killings in a world of 15 million people.
The country with the largest number of unsolved killings was 41 in the Philippines, followed by 30 in Mexico, the organization based in New York said.
Countries represent a mix of conflict-ridden regions and more stable countries where criminal groups, leaders, government officials, and other influential actors use violence to silence critical and investigative reporting, the CPJ said.
According to CPJ, the 13 countries accounted for 222 of the 318 deaths in the last 10 years, with many cases associated with war and civil unrest.
Armed militant groups like Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, and the Islamic State group have most frequently targeted journalists with complete impunity in the past decade, said the CPJ report.
Nevertheless, criminal groups have become a major threat, killing large numbers of journalists and routinely escaping justice. Mexico, the deadliest country for journalists this year, has worsened its impunity rating almost every year since 2008, as criminal cartels have waged a terror campaign against the media, the watchdog said.
South Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Brazil, Bangladesh, Russia, Nigeria, and India were the 13 worst countries.
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