2012 Was The Deadliest Year On Record For Journalists

Reuters reports this morning that more journalists were killed in 2012 than any year on record. Monitoring began 17 years ago. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) collected the information, and cited Syria and Somalia has particularly dangerous.

In 2012, 88 journalists were killed, a rise of approximately 30 percent since 2011. Reporters Without Borders cites the increased presence of security forces in conflict zones cracking down on “citizen journalists” trying to record their activities.

Christophe Deloire, head of RSF, said those responsible for crime against journalists in these areas often face no punishment, encouraging further violence.

The “citizen journalists” are vitally important, however, especially in areas like Syria. “Without their action, the Syrian regime would be able to impose a total blockade on information in some regions and carry out its massacre with nobody watching,” RSF said.

Pakistan and Mexico were also on the short list of the most dangerous countries for journalists in 2012, largel due to organized crime.

Governmental data surveillance allows these regimes to monitor journalists’ activities online, as well as their physical location. The journalists are often best served by seeking safety in another country, but generally lack the means to do so.

h/t Reuters

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