International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said on Friday that 67 journalists and media workers have been killed around the world so far this year, up from 47 in 2021.
More media workers were killed covering the war in Ukraine – 12 in total – than in any other country this year.
Most of them were Ukrainian journalists but several foreign reporters also died, with many deaths occurring in the first chaotic weeks of the war, according to the IFJ.
The report, released on Human Rights Day, also shows that “political repression has reared its ugly head” in 2022. It recorded at least 375 media professionals –10 more than last year – currently in jail for doing their job. Most of those jailed are in China, Myanmar, Turkey, Iran and Belarus.
“The failure to act will only embolden those who seek to suppress the free flow of information and undermine the ability of people to hold their leaders to account, including in ensuring that those with power and influence do not stand in the way of open and inclusive societies,” IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger said in a statement.
The rule by terror of criminal organisations in Mexico, and the breakdown of law and order in Haiti, have also contributed to the surge in killings of journalists, with 11 and 6 documented respectively, the report said.