Report: 50 journalists killed in 2020

An international group of journalists has reported that 50 reporters were killed worldwide this year -- two-thirds of them in countries not at war.

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders issued the report on Tuesday.

It says the 50 were killed in connection with their work from January 1 to December 15, 2020. That's only a slight decrease from last year's 53, despite less field activities this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The report says 34 of the fatalities took place in countries that are considered to be at peace.

Mexico is reported to have had eight deaths, the highest number. They include reporters who were trying to cover connections between politicians and drug rings.

Four were killed in India. One was burned alive in his home after criticizing corrupt practices of a local official.

The report says 42 journalists were knowingly targeted and deliberately murdered. They accounted for 84 percent of the victims, a sharp rise from last year's 63 percent.

It also says 387 journalists are currently detained in connection with their work, including 14 who were arrested in relation to their coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Reporters Without Borders' secretary-general Christophe Deloire said journalists are increasingly targeted when they investigate or cover sensitive subjects.
He said, "What is being attacked is the right to be informed, which is everyone's right."