mostdangerous.png

25 journalists were killed this year for their work

December 20, 2019 10:56 AM ET

The Torch is a weekly newsletter from the Committee to Protect Journalists that brings you the latest press freedom and journalist safety news from around the world. Subscribe here.

In the Philippines, a court convicted the mastermind of the November 23, 2009, massacre of 58 people in Maguindanao. The attack killed 32 journalists and media workers, and was the deadliest event for the press that CPJ has ever recorded.

This week, CPJ released its 2019 report on journalists killed worldwide, finding that at least 25 journalists were killed in relation to their work this year, the lowest figure since 2002. Ten of the 25 journalists were murdered in reprisal for their reporting, which is the lowest such number CPJ has recorded since we began keeping records in 1992. Our database of attacks on the press includes information on each victim and reveals trends in the data. Find out more in this video.

The report is available in English, Spanish, French, Farsi, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, and Chinese.

The report was also accompanied by blog posts and analyses:

Global press freedom updates:

  • Journalists attacked by police, disrupted by demonstrators while covering protests in India
  • Journalists beaten by unidentified groups, interrogated by police in Sri Lanka
  • Journalist Rida Fahil al-Bom detained in Libya
  • Palestinian journalist Sameh al-Titi arrested by Israeli authorities, held without charge
  • Journalist extradited from Turkey and sentenced to 10 years in Iran
  • Russian blogger Yegor Zhukov handed suspended sentence for 2017 protest coverage
  • Bangladeshi court orders 3-day detention of editor Abul Asad
  • At least 3 Hong Kong journalists denied entry to Macao to cover Chinese President Xi Jinping visit
  • Q&A: Isma’il Kushkush and Sophia Cope on U.S. court ruling against warrantless border searches
  • Cuban journalist Luz Escobar repeatedly barred from leaving her home
  • Brazilian radio station antenna destroyed in arson attack
  • Rio mayor’s office bars Globo journalists from press conference

Spotlight:

Journalists and supporters demonstrate against the police treatment of media during protests in Hong Kong on July 14, 2019. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

This week, CPJ published “One Country, One Censor” a new report on China’s efforts to undermine media freedom in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The report details Chinese government efforts to sway editorial content and manipulate public opinion, threatening the civil liberties that have been a hallmark of both Hong Kong and Taiwan.

China is notorious for its sophisticated censorship and information control, and is currently holding 48 behind bars, more than any other nation, according to CPJ’s most recent prison census. CPJ has continuously advocated on behalf of journalists in China, most recently featuring imprisoned Uighur blogger Ilham Tohti in our #FreeThePress campaign.

CPJ’s Emergencies Response Team has also closely monitored ongoing civil unrest in Hong Kong, issuing specialized safety advice for journalists.

What we are reading:

Do you have an Amazon Alexa-enabled device? Enable CPJ's flash briefing skill to stay up to date with the latest press freedom news from around the world.

Social Media

View All ›