Mexico has killed 13 media workers in 2020, the country remains the most dangerous for the work of journalists, according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
“In the 2020 country rankings, Mexico ranks first for the fourth time in five years with 13 murders (of journalists – IFJ),” the organization said in a statement on its website.
In second place is Pakistan (five deaths), and the third is shared by Afghanistan, India, Iraq and Nigeria (three murders each). Two violent deaths of journalists were recorded in the Philippines, Somalia and Syria. Russia occupies one of the last places: the organization recorded one case of murder of a journalist.
IFJ recorded a total of 42 murders in 2020, the victims of which were journalists. This is less than last year, when 49 media workers were killed worldwide. But the organization believes that journalists continue to face threats and deadly danger in the line of duty.
According to the IFJ, there are now 235 journalists in custody in 34 countries around the world. This list does not include those members of the media who have been released on bail. IFJ research shows that some journalists are arrested for short periods without being charged, indicating no wrongdoing on their part. IFJ also notes that media workers have often been detained against the backdrop of mass protests.