According to the International Press Institute, Mexico is at number one for the second time in a row, where seven journalists were killed this year. It is followed by India and Afghanistan, where six journalists each were killed.
New Delhi: The International Press Institute (IPI) said on Wednesday that 45 journalists have been killed worldwide in the year 2021.
According to the report, IPI’s annual Death Watch List shows that Mexico is at number one for the second time in a row, where seven journalists were killed this year. After this comes the number of India and Afghanistan, where six journalists were killed. Similarly, three journalists were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to the IPI report, these figures show that the freedom of the press is under serious threat and journalists are feeling unsafe around the world.
This pathetic condition of journalists is also there in countries whose press freedom ranking is very good, where they are being targeted for their work.
According to the IPI, out of the 45 journalists killed, 28 people were targeted for their work. At the same time, three journalists were killed while covering the conflict, two journalists were killed in civil unrest and one died in the line of duty.
The organization said that it is a matter of great concern that investigation is still going on in 11 of these murder cases, so it has not been confirmed despite the apprehensions of them being targeted for work.
The IPI said that due to these circumstances, it can be clearly stated that there is serious danger and fear in the journalism profession.
If we look at these cases region-wise, the Asia-Pacific region appears to be the most dangerous for journalists, because 12 out of 45 journalists have been killed alone. This includes journalists from India and Afghanistan.
It is known that after the occupation of Afghanistan by the Taliban in August this year, there were heinous attacks on journalists there, in which many people were brutally murdered and many are still missing or forced to leave the country.
According to the IPI report, out of six journalists killed in India, two were killed directly because of their work. One of them is Chennakesavulu, a journalist from Andhra Pradesh-based news institute EV5.
He had told one of his reports that how a police officer was involved in gambling and tobacco smuggling. Following the publication of this report, the policeman concerned was suspended, who later stabbed to death Chennakesavulu.
Similarly, a journalist named Arindam Das died during the coverage of the campaign to save the elephant from the river. In addition, an Indian journalist was killed while covering civil unrest and two more cases are under investigation.
Serious concern has been expressed in the report that despite such cases coming up, proper action is not being taken against the accused. Only six suspects have been arrested for 28 murders this year.
He said that the administration investigates these murders, but they are often flawed.
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