In Many Countries, Being a Journalist Means Risking Your Life

Iraq, Syria and the Philippines are the most dangerous countries for journalists.

In June 2015, a journalist was burned to death in India for reporting on police corruption. But just how bad is the situation in other countries, if India isn’t the worst place to be a journalist?

According to a study by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), over 1,000 journalists have died doing their job since 1992. War reporting and dangerous assignments aside, an overwhelming 66% have simply been murdered. What’s worse, only 4% of those cases have seen full criminal prosecution.

The list of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists are headed by Iraq, Syria and the Philippines. Of 56 journalist deaths in Russia, only 4 cases have resulted in prosecution, while nearly all of Mexico’s 32 deaths were murders, with 90% of cases remaining unprosecuted.

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