New York, March 23, 2009 -- The already murderous conditions for the press in Sri Lanka and Pakistan deteriorated further in the past year, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found in its newly updated Impunity Index, a list of countries where journalists are killed regularly and governments fail to solve the crimes. Colombia, historically one of the world’s deadliest nations for the press, improved as the rate of murders declined and prosecutors won important recent convictions.
New York, April 30, 2008 -- Democracies from Colombia to India and Russia to the Philippines are among the worst countries in the world at prosecuting journalists' killers according to the Impunity Index, a list of countries compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists where governments have consistently failed to solve journalists' murders.
Dangerous Assignments | Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
Around the world, 122 journalists were in prison at the end of 2004 for practicing their profession, 16 fewer than the year before. International advocacy campaigns, including those waged by the Committee to Protect Journalists, helped win the early release of a number of imprisoned journalists, notably six independent writers and reporters in Cuba.
Dangerous Assignments | Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cuba, East Timor, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Spain, Syria, Togo, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Zimbabwe
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