Iraq still the deadliest country for journalists; Mexico worsening

Committee to Protect Journalists

For the fourth year, Iraq tops the Committee to Protect Journalists' "Impunity Index," meaning it has the most unsolved killings of journalists per capita from 2001 to 2010. "None of the 92 journalist murders recorded in Iraq in the past decade has been solved, and, after a brief decline in targeted killings, journalist murders spiked in 2010," CPJ says in a report released Tuesday. In Mexico, which is ranked eighth, "authorities appear powerless in bringing killers to justice." CPJ blames the lack of justice in these countries on "entrenched corruption and dysfunction in law enforcement." The vast majority of victims are local journalists, such as the most recent case in Pakistan. || Related: What news organizations owe the fixers they rely on, leave behind in foreign countries.

The full list is after the jump.

The full "Impunity Index":

  1. Iraq
  2. Somalia
  3. Philippines
  4. Sri Lanka
  5. Colombia
  6. Afghanistan
  7. Nepal
  8. Mexico
  9. Russia
  10. Pakistan
  11. Bangladesh
  12. Brazil
  13. India

The index counts unsolved killings (meaning no one has been convicted) from 2001 through 2010 and divides it by the population of the country. Only countries with five or more unsolved killings are included.

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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