Reporters Without Borders says 67 professional journalists and 27 citizen journalists have been killed in 2015 worldwide. The deadliest countries for journalists were Iraq and Syria. The third most deadly country for journalists was France due to the January 7 attack on the newspaper Charlie Hebdo, where eight journalists were killed. Yemen, South Sudan, India, Mexico, the Philippines and Honduras all ranked among the top 10 deadliest countries for journalists. Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Christophe Deloire spoke about how the majority of journalists killed in 2015 were deliberately targeted for their work.
Christophe Deloire: “This year, two-thirds were killed in countries at peace, countries where there is no war, where journalists are deliberately targeted—and the numbers prove it. The majority aren’t journalists in the wrong place at the wrong time during a bombing raid; they’re journalists who are murdered to stop them from doing their job.”
Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports China and Egypt are among the worst jailers of journalists in 2015. The committee identified 199 journalists who are imprisoned because of their work worldwide. Twenty-three journalists are currently imprisoned in Egypt.