68 journalists killed in 2022, says IFJ
The International Federation of Journalists released its annual list of journalists and media staff killed in work-related incidents.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) released its annual list of journalists and media staff killed in work-related incidents, warning of the return of the open season on media professionals with a spike in the numbers of killings from last year.
The IFJ has recorded 68 killings of journalists and media staff during 2022 compared to 47 last year - a reversal of the decline recorded in recent years. There were also 11 deaths linked to accidents and illness, including three journalists and media workers who passed on while reporting on the World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
The war in Ukraine accounts for 12 media fatalities, the highest number in the 21 countries where deadly incidents have been recorded. But the rule by terror of criminal organisations in Mexico, and the breakdown of law and order in Haiti, have also contributed to the surge in killings, with 11 and seven documented respectively.
Journalists in Colombia face renewed violence, threatening to make the country a killing zone for journalists and media workers once again and shattering the prospects for media freedom following the political settlement to end decades of bloody civil war.
In Asia Pacific, the new leadership in the Philippines brought no respite to deadly attacks on journalists with four killings in the first year of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Romualdez Marcos Jr’s presidency, while five journalists lost their lives in the political crisis in Pakistan.
The Middle East and Arab World saw the killings of media professionals rise from three last year to five, including the shooting in broad daylight of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Four journalists were killed in Chad and Somalia, meaning Africa recorded the lowest number of deaths among the five regions on the IFJ’s Killed List behind the Americas (30), Asia Pacific (16), Europe (13) and Middle East and Arab World (5).