Journalists daily set out for their routine duties to reports events and activities of people around their duty calls. It is harmless and indispensable responsibility of reporting news to create, mold and reflect public opinion. For doing their jobs, Reporters Without Borders – a media freedom organization, said, Tuesday, that 65 media workers have been killed around the world in 2017.
Reporters Without Boarders said 50 of the victims were professional journalists, seven citizen journalists and eight other media workers. The organization said 35 died in armed conflict regions, while 30 were killed outside such areas. It identified five most dangerous countries as Syria, Mexico, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Philippians.
The media freedom organization said 35 of those killed were targeted for reporting political corruption or organized crime, while 26 were killed from shelling and bomb attacks from war zones. “It’s alarming that so many journalists were murdered outside war zones”, Katja Gloger, Board Member of Reporters Without Borders, said.
She added: “In far too many countries perpetrators can assume they’ll get off scot-free if they’re violent towards media professionals”. The organization said over 300 media workers were currently in prison. Half these numbers are in Turkey, China, Syria, Iran and Vietnam.