February 28, 2021

Mexico and Afghanistan, the most dangerous countries for journalists

Mexico and Afghanistan, the countries where most journalists were killed in 2018, remained the most dangerous places to practice that profession in the first half of 2019, with nine and six dead respectively, according to a report by the NGO Campaña Emblema de Press (PEC).

In the two countries, one third of the 38 journalists murdered in the world was concentrated in the first half of this year, a figure that in any case represents a marked decrease of 42 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, according to PEC .

The main reasons that make these two countries remain the most dangerous for practicing the profession have to do with "the terrorist groups in Afghanistan and the criminal gangs in Mexico," according to the organization.

Pakistan, with four fatalities, ranked third in murders of journalists, followed by Brazil and Colombia, with two in each country.

Latin America was the area with the most murders of reporters, with 15 in total (those mentioned in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil plus one in Honduras and another in Haiti).

Regarding the Middle East, PEC commented that this area has experienced some improvement in the safety of media workers due "among other reasons, to the decrease of the conflict in Syria and in Iraq".

"The international community must establish an independent mechanism that can combat impunity when national institutions are not efficient or sufficient to fill gaps in prevention, protection and prosecution," said PEC general secretary Blaise Lempen.

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