120 in 2023 journalist killed
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) announced that 68 per cent of journalists and media workers killed worldwide last year were killed in Gaza.
According to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on 31 December, 120 journalists and media workers were killed in 2023. Eleven of the murdered journalists were women.
The IFJ, which documented 94 murders of journalists ahead of the 10 December United Nations (UN) Human Rights Day, blamed Israel’s war on Gaza for the increase.
The federation noted that 68 per cent of journalists and media workers killed worldwide this year were killed in Gaza. As a result of the war in Gaza, 75 Palestinian, 4 Israeli and 3 Lebanese journalists were killed. In Syria, 3 journalists were killed.
A total of 12 journalists were killed in India, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan and China in the Asia-Pacific region. In North and South America, 10 journalists were murdered in 2023.
In Africa, 8 journalists were killed in Cameroon, Sudan, Lesotho, Mali, Somalia, Mozambique and Nigeria. In Rwanda, one journalist lost his life as a result of an accident.
In Europe, 3 journalists and media workers, 1 Ukrainian, 1 Russian and 1 French, were killed during the war in Ukraine. One journalist was murdered in Albania.
IFJ Secretary General Anthony Bellanger said: “Our thoughts today are with the families of journalists killed for simply doing their job and with our colleagues in newsrooms around the world. While we always remind journalists that no news story is worth their lives, we see too many cases where they are deliberately targeted to cover up stories and restrict the public’s right to know. It is a democratic right for citizens to be accurately informed, and it is the responsibility of governments to ensure that journalists are protected so that they can report independently. This year’s deadly figures show how badly we need an internationally binding instrument that compels states to adopt key mechanisms to protect the safety and independence of journalists.”
You can access the list of names of journalists killed from this link: https://www.ifj.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Killed_List_TABLE__31.12__pdf.pdf