Report: 65 Journalists Killed in Line of Duty in 2020

Twin-Explosion in southeastern Kobane on 8th October 2014 by quapan is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Journalists are not the most popular people in America today.

That’s because many in the mainstream press seem to see the world in a childish way and be committed to spreading propaganda and lies on behalf of extreme left-wing agendas.

But outside the Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn bubble of progressive pontificators there’s actually a real world of real journalists.

And many of them are being killed doing their job.

They’re not asking Biden’s Press Secretary what color he’ll paint Air Force One or having little crying fits over what former President Trump says, they’re reporting on drugs, war and corruption and risking their lives to get information to the public that actually matters.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is tragically reporting that 65 journalists were killed in the line of duty in 2020, a slight increase from 2019.

Mr Kenji Nagai, the Japanese journalist who was shot dead in Rangoon by nofrills is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

IFJ Releases Details of Journalist Deaths

According to the IFJ, the 2020 deaths of journalists occurred in 16 different nations and happened during bombings, crossfire of war and targeted assassinations.

IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger highlighted particular hot spots around the world which have been deadly for journalists, noting that:

“the ruthless reign of crime barons in Mexico, the violence of extremists in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia, as well as the intolerance of hardliners in India and the Philippines have contributed to the continued bloodshed in media.”

This is the fourth time in the past five years that Mexico has led the most deadly countries for journalists, with 14 killed in 2020. This is a country that Biden now wants to open the border to and let any illegal alien in even if there’s a chance they could be a criminal or carry dangerous diseases.

The second most fatal place for journalists in 2020 was Afghanistan, with 10 deaths, followed by nine in Pakistan, eight in India, four each in the Philippines and Syria, and three each in Nigeria and Yemen.

It’s no surprise that there were also journalist deaths in Iraq, Somalia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Honduras, Paraguay and Russia. Perhaps the only surprise is that there was a journalist death in Sweden in 2020, although with the rising tide of gang warfare and immigrant and refugee violence in Sweden perhaps it should not come as a surprise at all.

The IFJ started counting deaths of journalists in 1990 and has recorded 2,680 deaths since that time.

Freedom of the Press isn’t Free

The tragic deaths reported by the IFJ are not the only horrible thing happening to real journalists around the world. There are also hundreds in jail – 229 globally as of this month according to the IFJ.

The worst offender for putting journalists behind bars is Turkey, which the IFJ calls “the biggest jailer of journalists in the world.” In fact, Turkey has more than 67 journalists currently in jail.

Turkey is followed up by the communist police state of China with 23 journalists in jail, 20 in Egypt, 16 in Eritrea and 14 in Saudi Arabia.

It’s worth noting that Turkey – led by the dictator Recep Erdogan – is a close ally of Azerbaijan. Turkey recently helped Azerbaijan wage a genocidal war on Armenia, one of the most ancient Christian nations in the world which already went through a genocide at the hands of Turkey in World War One.

Turkey used its drones and military strength to assist Azerbaijan in butchering Armenian forces and civilians and drive ethnic Armenians from their homes in Nagorno Karabakh. Azerbaijan committed numerous unspeakable war crimes and beheadings  of civilians encouraged by their insane regime back in Baku led by their oil-soaked dictator Ilham Aliyev.

The world is a dangerous place for real journalists, because unlike Trump there are real dictators in the world who don’t just send mean tweets.