Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain in high numbers

Countries where journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go free are mostly conflict environments, where powerful actors use violent means to control media coverage, while weak-to-nonexistent law and order increases the likelihood of attacks. Such picture emerges in the latest Global Impunity Index published by the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2017 (CPJ) .

Somalia, the worst country on the index, where over two dozen journalists were murdered in the past decade, is one of seven to appear on the list every year since the Index was introduced. Iraq is also high on the list. However - while impunity thrives in conflict environments, journalists working in relatively stable nations that present themselves as democracies are also murdered in high numbers. Those include India, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, and Russia.

This year, new murders occurred in half of the 12 countries on the index. Afghanistan dropped off the list for the first time because targeted killings of journalists have declined, even as conflict and large-scale violence have continued to cause journalists' deaths in the line of duty. A positive development in the last decade is the growing awareness of impunity. CPJ has been at the forefront of a global campaign against impunity in murders of journalists. The Impunity Index has been mapping the facts by country.

Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide. You can read the full report here

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