Mexico, Pakistan most deadly places for journalists in 2010
Published: 12 January 2011
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) reported on Wednesday that 66 journalists and other media workers around the world had been killed following their professional activities in 2010, with Mexico and Pakistan emerging as the most deadly countries for journalists.
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Ten journalists were killed in both Mexico and Pakistan in 2010, as narcotics trafficking in the former and insurgency in the latter have put journalists in the line of fire. That compares with nine killed in Mexico and eight in Pakistan in 2009.
Honduras emerged as a deadly country for journalists, with eight killed in 2010 and many others receiving death threats. Most of the journalists targeted covered organised crime, drug trafficking and land disputes. Journalists have also been caught in the violent political polarisation between the opponents of the June 2009 military coup and its supporters.
"Killing journalists is the ultimate form of censorship, and a direct attack on society as a whole. Yet far too often, the perpetrators of these crimes never face prosecution," said Christoph Riess, CEO of WAN-IFRA, the global association of the world's press.
"These murders should be prosecuted thoroughly and those responsible brought to justice. Journalists must be able to exercise their right to freedom of expression without fear of violence," said Riess.
The full list of the number of journalists and other media workers killed, can be found at www.wan-press.org/pfreedom/jkilled.php?id=5356.