Journalists murder: CPJ’s “Getting Away With Murder” says Somalia is worst offender
Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) Global Impunity Index of countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go unpunished has included the names of South Sudan and Bangladesh, where journalists are killed but their killers get away without any punishment.
CPJ said that the ambush of a convoy in South Sudan and the hacking deaths of bloggers in Bangladesh are some incidents which propelled these countries onto the list.
Somalia is worst offender according to the report “Getting Away With Murder,” released by CPJ. The report said that every year one or two journalists are killed in Somalia and the concerned government over there does not bother to investigate the case.
The report edges Iraq out of that spot for the first time since CPJ began compiling the index in 2008. In Iraq, meanwhile, targeted killings have ebbed since the Iraq War.
There’s no name of Columbia in the list as it has convicted journalists murder accused and there has been also decrease in violence agianst scribes since 2014.
In a press release Elisabeth Witchel, author of the report and CPJ’s consultant on the Global Campaign Against Impunity, said, “Despite calls by the United Nations for states to take greater steps to protect journalists in situations of armed conflict and to ensure accountability for crimes against the press, little progress has been made in combating impunity worldwide.”
Elisabeth Witchel added, “More than half of the countries on the index are democracies with functioning law enforcement and judicial institutions, but killers still go free. The international community must continue to put pressure on these governments to live up to their commitments.”
According to CPJ, in the past decade, 270 journalists have been murdered. Of those, 96 per cent are local reporters. In only two per cent of cases are the masterminds ever prosecuted. – See more