International: 110 journalists killed around the world in 2015, 12 in Africa
110 journalists around world including 12 in Africa have been killed in 2015 whether in the course of their work, for unclear reasons or knowingly targeted, according to Reporter without border’s 2015 report.
The France-based GNO report indicates that out the 110 journalists killed two-third have been killed in countries far from war zones as citing the case of Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris on 7 January.
The reports indicated that 64 journalists have been knowingly targeted and 43 killed on unclear reasons.
The GNO also argues that 43 journalists were killed in connection with work while reasons for the death have not been underlined. The GNO chalks that up to the lack of thorough and impartial official investigations, the lack of good faith on the part of governments, or the difficulty of investigating in unstable or lawless regions, while bashing states where these journalists were killed for impunity for crimes of violence against journalists.
The report also draws a picture of most difficult zones for journalists in the world in 2015. Iraq tops the chart, followed by Syria, France, Yemen, South Sudan, India, Mexico, Philippines, Honduras.
France takes the third position due to the Charlie Hebdo killings which left 8 journalists killed.
The 2015 report puts the number of the journalists killed in Africa at 12 with South Sudan being the worse place for journalists in Africa. 7 journalists were killed during 2015.
Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia come second on the chart with 2 journalists killed in each country. Kenya and Mozambique close the chart with one journalist killed respectively.
Egypt according to the report is the second largest jail cell for journalist in the world after China. 22 journalists have been jailed in Egypt during 2015. Eritrea comes second in Africa with around 15 journalists locked behind bars.