Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By Alton Parrish (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:

2012 Deadliest Year On Record For Journalists, 119 Killed, Highest Figure Since IPI Records Began

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.


A total of 119 journalists have been killed so far this year as a consequence of their work, according to the International Press Institute (IPI)’s Death Watch. This is the highest figure since IPI started systematically keeping track of journalists’ killings around the world in 1997.

The latest victim on November 21 is Eduardo Carvalho.  Police in Brazil are investigating the murder on Wednesday night this past week of the owner of an online investigative news site known for its controversial reporting on local politics and law enforcement activity.

Eduardo Carvalho, 51, was shot at least four times by unknown gunmen in front of his home in Campo Grande, capital of Mato Grosso do Sul state. According to local media, Carvalho’s wife rushed outside, grabbed her husband’s gun, and attempted to fire at the assailants, who nevertheless escaped on a motorbike.

A former military police officer, Carvalho had reported having received death threats in the weeks leading up to his attacks, which the journalist had indicated were related to planned publications on his site, UHNews (Última Hora).

The IPI Death Watch includes journalists who died either because of their work or while on assignment, and is therefore meant to reflect the broader hazards of the profession. However, the vast majority of journalists included on this list lost their lives in targeted killings. 

The deadliest country this year was Syria, where 36 journalists and dozens more media activists have been killed, confirming the alarming trend, which IPI has witnessed in most conflicts of the past 15 years, in which journalists are targeted to prevent distribution of information that may compromise the propaganda efforts of the parties in conflict.

Filipino journalists light candles to commemorate the 2nd year anniversary of the “Maguindanao Massacre” at the National Press Club compound in Manila November 23, 2011. The powerful political Ampatuan clan was accused of masterminding the killing of 57 people, including more than 30 journalists, in Maguindanao, southern Philippines on November 23, 2009.

REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A total of 16  journalists have been killed this year in Somalia in targeted attacks. None of the perpetrators has been brought to justice, perpetuating a culture of impunity that encourages new attacks.

Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines also remained dangerous places for journalists to work this year. Seven journalists were killed so far this year in Mexico, five of them in the state of Veracruz, which has been the deadliest region in Mexico for the media since 2006. Five journalists were killed in Pakistan and the Philippines, respectively, in connection with their work. In the Philippines, where the culture of impunity has been a major problem for journalists, who otherwise enjoy a good degree of freedom, the perpetrators of the murder of 32 journalists during the Nov. 23, 2009 Ampatuan Massacre have yet to be convicted.

The Middle East is the world’s deadliest region for journalists so far this year, with 36 journalist deaths in Syria, three in Iraq, three in the Palestinian Territories and one in Bahrain. 

Africa comes second, with a total of 27 journalists losing their lives, including 16 in Somalia, five in Nigeria, four in Eritrea and one each in Tanzania and Angola. 

A total of 26 journalists have been killed in Asia, including seven in Indonesia, five of whom perished in a plane crash while on assignment. In addition to the previously-mentioned deaths in Pakistan and the Philippines, three journalists were killed this year in Bangladesh and two in India. 

A total of 22 journalists have been killed so far this year in Latin America, where Mexico, Brazil, Honduras and Colombia – with seven, four, three and two journalists killed, respectively – have seen the continuation of a trend of violent attacks against journalists in that region. Four journalists were killed in Peru in a car accident while on assignment, and one in Ecuador, shot by two men on a motorcycle.

“It is deeply disturbing that in spite of a clear increase in international efforts to stop attacks against journalists, this year’s death toll  is the highest on IPI record,” said IPI Deputy Director Anthony Mills. “The killing of a journalist is the ultimate, most callous, chilling form of cenorship. Unless we are able to roll back the cynical tide of impunity, these killings will continue.”

On Nov. 23, IPI joined journalists and civil society groups from around the world in commemorating the International Day to End Impunity (IDEI). The day marks the anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre in the Philippines and aims to highlight the fact that impunity remains one of the core problems in efforts to end attacks against journalists. 

Source: International Press Institute

Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen! 
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)

Report abuse


    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    Load more ...




    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.