India deadliest country for reporters, says data

35-year-old Kashyap was among the eight people killed in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh during protests of farmers against BJP politicians’ visits on 3 October this year. Family members of Kashyap said that he was crushed under the car of Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister Ajay Mishra.

At least 24 journalists were killed due to their work as of December 1, 2021, and India is the deadliest country for reporters, according to Committee to Protect Journalists, a global journalist body based in New York City.

Five journalists Sulabh Srivastava, Chennakeshavalu, Manish Kumar Singh, Raman Kashyap, and Avinash Jha were killed in retaliation for their work in India, as of December 1 this year.

35-year-old Kashyap was among the eight people killed in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh during protests of farmers against BJP politicians’ visits on 3 October this year. Family members of Kashyap said that he was crushed under the car of Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister Ajay Mishra.

“He was not there to protest, or support anybody. He went there as a reporter to report the incidents. He was killed while doing his job and should be treated like that,” Ram Dulare, Kashyap’s father said.

Name  Outlet  Killed  Motive  
Sulabh SrivastavaABP News, ABP GangaJun 13, 2021Confirmed
ChennakeshavaluEV5Aug 8, 2021Confirmed
Manish Kumar SinghSudarshan TVAug 8, 2021Confirmed
Raman KashyapSadhna Plus TVOct 3, 2021Confirmed
Avinash JhaBNN NewsNov 9, 2021Confirmed

Committee to Protect Journalists recorded 19 journalists murdered across the globe in retaliation for their work as of December 1, 2021, compared with 22 in all of 2020. Three more were killed this year while reporting from conflict zones, and two others were killed covering protests or street clashes that turned deadly.

Though nine journalists were killed in Mexico, CPJ said they are investigating six of nine deaths to determine whether they were work-related. Three journalists were murdered in direct retribution for their reporting in Mexico.

Countries with deaths in 2021

CountryMotive confirmedUnconfirmedTotal
Mexico369
India505
Afghanistan224
Pakistan213
Azerbaijan202
Burkina Faso202
Somalia202
Ethiopia112
Philippines112
Bangladesh101
Colombia101
Democratic Republic of the Congo101
Lebanon101
Georgia011
Greece011
Haiti011
Indonesia011
Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory011
Netherlands011
Yemen011