Iraq was the world’s second deadliest country for journalists in 2020, according to an annual report published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday.
Fifty journalists were killed worldwide in connection with their work between 1 January and 15 December, marginally down from the 53 killed last year.
Mexico was the most dangerous country for journalists with eight killings, followed by Iraq (six), Afghanistan (five), Pakistan (four) and India (four).
“The world’s violence continues to be visited upon journalists,” RSF’s secretary-general, Christophe Deloire, said.
“Some may think that journalists are just the victims of the risks of their profession, but journalists are increasingly targeted when they investigate or cover sensitive subjects. What is being attacked is the right to be informed, which is everyone’s right.”
Eighty-four percent of the journalists were murdered or deliberately targeted, while 16 percent were killed while reporting.
The proportion is up from 63 percent who were targeted in 2019, and is likely due to a fall in reporters killed in war zones. In previous years, war-torn Syria and Yemen have featured prominently among the deadliest countries for media.