The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), says fewer journalists were killed this year compared to the total in recent years. In 2021, 45 journalists lost their lives on the job with Afghanistan recording 9 deaths, 6 from Mexico. 4 from India, 6 in Europe, and 1 in Arab.
Asia Pacific was the most dangerous for media workers with 20 journalists killed followed by Americas 10, while Africa 8. The non-profit Committee designed to Protect Journalists (CPJ) shows a record number of journalists who were imprisoned in 2021.
The IFJ still has concerns
While the IFJ acknowledged fewer Journalists’ deaths, they expressed displeasure at the continued violence against journalists across the globe.
The IJF says, “the risks associated with armed conflict have reduced in recent years,” and that’s because fewer journalists can report on the ground; it notes there’s still a steady rise in “the threats of a crime gang and drug cartels’ rule from the slums in Mexico to the streets of European cities in Greece and the Netherlands.”
IFJ Secretary-General Anthony Bellanger says his organization will back a United Nations convention for the protection of journalists. The IFJ’s statistics are slightly different from those given two weeks ago by the Reporters Without Borders (RSF). RSF, shows in 2021, 7 journalists were killed in Mexico, 6 in Afghanistan, and 4 in India.
What is IFJ?
The International Federation of Journalists is a global union federation of journalists’ trade unions—the largest in the world. It represents more than 600 000 media workers from 187 organizations in 146 countries.
IFJ Presidents are Younes Mjahed and Bellanger. Journalists have the ability to request International Press Cards and it’s the only press pass endorsed by national journalists’ organizations in more than 130 countries. The Federation’s headquarters are located in Brussels, Belgium.
“Since 1990, the IFJ has published an annual report (the “Killed list”) which documents cases of journalists and media staff killed during the course of each year. It uses the information to campaign for greater safety for journalists, particularly local and freelance reporters and support staff who lack the resources to protect themselves in conflict zones. The annual reports are archived on the website.”