Journalists Killed Across the World: The Twenty Deadliest Countries 1992 - 2009

To raise awareness of Freedom to Read week, February 22-27, and the issues of free speech, Abbotsford Library decided to highlight the number of journalists that are killed in the line of duty.


Murder is the ultimate form of censorship. One reporter is killed, and hundreds are sent a message that certain topics are too dangerous to be discussed. Since 1992, more than 500 journalists [edit: now nearly 800] have been murdered in direct relation to their work, CPJ research shows. While hundreds more have died in combat or other dangerous circumstances, murder is the leading cause of work-related deaths”.
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

“At least 71 journalists were killed across the globe in 2009, the Committee to Protect Journalists announced Tuesday, the largest annual toll in the 30 years the group has been keeping track. Twenty-nine of those deaths came in a single, politically motivated massacre of reporters and others in the Philippines last November, the worst known episode for journalists, the committee said”.
Source: New York Times

“Since 1992, nearly 800 journalists have been killed around the world in cases where the Committee to Protect Journalists has been able to confirm the motive. They have come from all over the globe - and the data collected by the CPJ shows that reporters are increasingly at risk - with Iraq responsible for the biggest single number of deaths”.
Source: The Guardian Datablog



                              Afghanistan: 21

Algeria: 60

Angola: 9

Bangladesh: 12

Bosnia: 19

Brazil: 16 

Colombia: 42

India: 26

Iraq: 141

Israel: 10
                                Mexico: 19
Pakistan: 26

Phillippines: 68

Russia: 52

Rwanda: 16

                             Sierra Leone: 16
                         Somalia: 32

Sri Lanka: 18

Tajikistan: 17

Turkey: 20


Library Resources:

Breaking news : how the Associated Press has covered war, peace, and everything else . New York : Princeton Architectural Press, c2007. Call number: PN 4841 A85 B74 2007 (Abbotsford)

Committee to Protect Journalists. Attacks on the press. New York, N.Y. : Committee to Protect Journalists. Call number: PN 4751 A88 2007 (Abbotsford, Website)

Connelly, Mark. War and the media : reportage and propaganda, 1900-2003. New York : I. B. Tauris, c2005. Call number: PN 4784 M5 W37 2005 (Abbotsford)

Gunter, Barrie. News and the Net. Mahwah, N.J. : L. Erlbaum, 2003. Call number: PN 4833 G86 2003 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack)

Hargreaves, Ian. Journalism : truth or dare?  New York : Oxford University Press, c2003. Call number: PN 4731 H297 2003 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack)

Kawamoto, Kevin. Digital journalism : emerging media and the changing horizons of journalism. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, c2003. Call number: PN 4833 D55 2003 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack)

Paterson, Chris A. Making online news : the ethnography of new media production. New York : Peter Lang, c2008. Call number: PN 4784 O62 M35 2008 (Abbotsford)

Russell, Nicholas. Beyond the front lines : how the news media cover a world shaped by. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. Call number: PN 4784 W37 S45 2004 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack)

Seib, Philip M. Morals and the media : ethics in Canadian journalism. Vancouver : UBC Press, c2006. Call number: PN 4914 E8 R87 2006 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Website)

Taylor, Scott. Unembedded : two decades of maverick war reporting. Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, c2009. Call number: PN 4913 T39 A3 2009 (Abbotsford)

Thussu, Daya Kishan. War and the media : reporting conflict 24/7. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, c2003. Call number: PN 4784 W37 W38 2003 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Website)

Wallis, David. Killed : great journalism too hot to print. New York : Nation Books, c2004. Call number: PN 4726 K55 2004 (Abbotsford)

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