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.

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