Deadly Year for Journalism

Journalism is proving to be an increasingly high risk job. The year 2015 has gone on record as being the deadliest for journalists worldwide with the most high profile, at least in the western hemisphere, being the attack on Charlie Hebdo Satirical Magazine in France.

 The Internaitonal Press Institute (IPI) stated that 98 journalists have died as a direct result of their job with a further 35 killed under circumstances that remain unclear. IPI has added the 98 names to its Death Watch list which keeps a record of all journalists targeted because of their profession since 1997 along with those who have lost their lives while covering an assignment. The other 35 cases are still being investigated and are reflective, in the IPI's opinion, of a failure of governments to fully investigate journalists' death giving their killers no fear in continuing their assault on the freedom of the press.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on the other hand has recorded their number of journalists killed to be in the region of 110 with 67 being directly attributable to their profession with a further 43 killed under suspicious circumstances. Their report has called on the United Nations to take action to protect media personnel.

Despite the discrepancy, both figures indicate that there is a definite rise in attacks on a job that is necessary for the public well being and for the distribution of information

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