Reporters Without Borders: we're still being harassed

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In the 20th century, the profession of journalist entered the list of the most dangerous professions for life, and now this phenomenon is even more “rooted”. Almost every day, being in the center of the most important events, in many cases risking their own lives, journalists provide the necessary information to the public, thereby fulfilling their professional duties.

Recall the recent murder of a Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, which shook almost the entire world. Among the most notorious murders in the last two years are crimes against Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia (November 2017) and Slovak Jan Kuchak (February 2018).

The first died as a result of a bomb installed in a car, and the second — along with his fiancee — was killed in his own house by the hand of an assassin. In both cases, the journalists conducted their own investigations into the activities of the mafia clans in their countries.

On December 18, the official website of Reporters Without Borders, rsf.org, published interesting figures regarding repression against journalists. They are based on research carried out by experts from the organization for 2017-2018.

According to the report, over the past 11 months, 80 journalists died in the world. This number is 15 more than last year. Most of the journalists were killed in the countries where military operations are taking place: in Syria - 11 people, in Afghanistan - 15.

Mexico is also a dangerous place for journalists. The United States is also mentioned: five employees became victims of the attack on the newspaper Capital Gazette in the city of Annapolis.

The report also notes that 348 journalists are imprisoned due to their professional activities. Almost half are from such countries as China, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran. Other 60 journalists are in the status of hostages in different organizations, and three are considered missing.

The site also notes a positive example of some countries. For example, in Italy today 10 journalists are under police protection. One of them - Robert Saviano, this year was famous for the fact that his investigation contributed to the arrest of one of the leaders of the Neapolitan Mafia.

For those who have chosen journalism as their main profession, the most dangerous countries, in addition to the above, are the Philippines and Iraq. Thank God, in this sense, Armenia, in all likelihood, is one of the safest countries. Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to get acquainted with the general trends, especially since some of our neighbors are among the “leaders” in the pursuit of journalists.

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