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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 was also accompanied by blog posts and analyses:
- When it comes to protecting journalists, Mexico’s safety mechanism comes up short
- Q&A: Leona O’Neill on the aftermath of Lyra McKee’s killing in Northern Ireland
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
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