News / Middle East

Middle East Remains Most Dangerous Region for Reporters

Syrian activist and photographer Molhem Barak died on Dec. 20, 2013, as he photographed a battle in Aleppo between rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian activist and photographer Molhem Barak died on Dec. 20, 2013, as he photographed a battle in Aleppo between rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
VOA News
The Middle East remains the world's most dangerous place for reporters, according to a leading journalism organization.

In a year-end report released Monday, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says at least 70 reporters were killed in connection with their work during 2013, down slightly from 74 the previous year. Two-thirds of this year's deaths occurred in the Middle East.

The single most dangerous country was Syria, where at least 29 journalists died while trying to cover a civil war that has raged since 2011. CPJ says about 60 other journalists were kidnapped in the country during the year, half of whom are still missing.

Journalists Killed in Connection With Their Work, 1992-2013Journalists Killed in Connection With Their Work, 1992-2013
x
Journalists Killed in Connection With Their Work, 1992-2013
Journalists Killed in Connection With Their Work, 1992-2013
Elsewhere in the Middle East, 10 journalists died during the year in Iraq, where violence returned to the highest levels since 2011. Another six were killed in Egypt, where protests have continued since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in June.

CPJ noted a reduction in journalist deaths in parts of Africa, despite spiraling conflicts in Mali, Central African Republic, South Sudan and, beginning Monday, the Republic of Congo. The organization says four journalists died during 2013 in Somalia, which has long been one of the most dangerous countries for reporters.

The report says two journalists were killed during the year in Russia, where two suicide bombings this week have killed a total of 31 people in what is seen as a campaign to drive visitors away from the Sochi winter Olympics.

CPJ notes that, as in past years, 90 percent of the reporters who died were employed by local news organizations.

You May Like

Bleak China Economic Outlook Rattles Markets

Several key European stock indexes were down up to three percent, while US market indexes were off around 2.5 percent in afternoon trading More

DRC Tries Mega-Farms to Feed Population

Park at Boukanga Lonzo currently has 5,000 hectares under cultivation, crops stretching as far as eye can see, and is start of ambitious large-scale agriculture plan More

Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Areas are spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, source of livelihood for fishermen and herders who have called the marshes home for generations More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Hassan from: Egypt
December 30, 2013 11:26 AM
hey VOA, you have got to understand one thing... - Al Jazeera is part of the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, Hamas axis of evil... don't try to sugar coat it... call it what it is.!!!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOAi
X
August 31, 2015 2:17 AM
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.
Video

Video Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOA

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.
Video

Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Iraq's southern wetlands are in crisis. These areas are the spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, and source of livelihood for fishermen and herders. Faith Lapidus has more.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, threatening to wash away its vibrant musical heritage along with its neighborhoods, the beat goes on. As Bronwyn Benito and Faith Lapidus report, a Musicians' Village is preserving the city's unique sound.
Video

Video In Russia, Auto Industry in Tailspin

Industry insiders say country relies too heavily on imports as inflation cuts too many consumers out of the market. Daniel Schearf has more from Moscow.
Video

Video Scientist Calls Use of Fetal Tissue in Medical Research Essential

An anti-abortion group responsible for secret recordings of workers at a women's health care organization claims the workers shown are offering baby parts for sale, a charge the organization strongly denies. While the selling of fetal tissue is against the law in the United States, abortion and the use of donated fetal tissue for medical research are both legal. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.

VOA Blogs