The deadliest countries for journalists in 2022

Reporters Without Borders – 57 journalist deaths so far this year

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Journalist' deaths 2022 according to Reporters Without Borders Credit Statista
Journalist' deaths 2022 according to Reporters Without Borders Credit Statista

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) counts a total of 57 journalists and media workers that have been killed this year because of their job, including eight killed in Ukraine. Additionally, RWB has recorded 532 that are imprisoned as of 14 December 2022. The story is reported on Statista by data journalist Martin Armstrong.

This infographic shows the places where the most journalists were killed in 2022 (16 countries not shown had one death each). In Mexico, journalists’ deaths with a direct link to their journalistic work represented almost 20% of the worldwide total. As detailed by RWB, “At least 80 journalists have been killed in connection with their work in Mexico in the past ten years (including 46 in the past five) despite repeated calls from civil society and international organizations for the government to combat the violence more effectively.” The report goes on to reference the killing of journalist Lourdes Maldonado López, who was, “in principle enjoying (state) protection in Baja California,” when she was gunned down outside her home in January.

Turning attention to Ukraine, now the second most dangerous country for media workers since the Russian invasion on 24 February 2022, RWB counts 8 deaths in the country as 2022 comes to a close. “They include Maks Levin, a Ukrainian photojournalist who was deliberately shot by Russian soldiers on 13 March, according to the conclusions of an RWB investigation.” Russia itself currently has 18 journalists imprisoned.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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