Deadliest Countries for Journalists

Each year, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) publishes a list of journalists killed while on assignment. The following list does not include those who were killed in accidents, such as car or plane crashes, unless the accident was caused by hostile action. The following statistics indicate where the most deaths occurred between 1996 and 2008.

Country Number
of deaths,
1996–2008
Paraguay 1
Zimbabwe 1
United States 1
Iraq 132
Algeria 60
Russia 45
Colombia 39
Philippines 32
India 23
Bosnia 19
Turkey 20
Peru 1
Somalia 8
Sri Lanka 5
Rwanda 16
Sierra Leone 16
Bolivia 1
Afghanistan 3
Burma 1
Eritrea 2
Haiti 1
Honduras 1
Kyrgyzstan 1
Nepal 1
Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territory 2
Pakistan 8
Tajikistan 16
Circumstances: murder: 238; crossfire in war: 67; reporting in other dangerous circumstances: 33. Demographic traits: female journalists: 19; photographers and camera operators: 67; radio journalists: 62; U.S. journalists: 9.
Source: The Committee to Protect Journalists, www.cpj.org.

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