Published October 8, 2015
The ambush of a convoy in South Sudan and the hacking deaths of bloggers in Bangladesh this year propelled the two nations onto CPJ's Global Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go unpunished. Colombia exited the index as fatal violence against journalists receded further into that country's past.
For the first time since CPJ began compiling the index in 2008, Iraq did not claim the title of worst offender, as Somalia edged into that spot. The shift reflects a steady death toll in Somalia, where one or more journalists have been murdered every year over the past decade, and the government has proved unable or unwilling to investigate the attacks.
Press freedom records of Egypt, Russia, Iran, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Ecuador
New York, September 25, 2015--Each year, the world's leaders are invited to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where they are given a platform to speak freely and openly. But while the leaders of many countries enjoy this privilege, their journalists back home are jailed, threatened, attacked, or even killed for reporting the news.
Demanding justice and security for journalists in Mexico
CPJ staff were shocked and saddened by the murder of photographer Rubén Espinosa, who was found dead in an apartment in Mexico City along with four women. The victims were shot in the head. Espinosa had fled the state of Veracruz in June and sought refuge in Mexico City, where he thought he would be safe. CPJ condemned the murder and called on authorities to mount a thorough investigation. "It is time for federal and local authorities to take action to combat the serious press freedom crisis facing Mexico," said Carlos Lauría, senior program coordinator for the Americas. Mexico ranks among the most deadly countries for journalists--with 34 journalists killed for their work since 1992, and another 42 cases in which the motive remains unconfirmed.
Carlos Lauría/Coordinador Senior del programa de las Américas
El asesinato del fotógrafo mexicano Rubén Espinosa el 31 de julio causó un fuerte impacto en la comunidad de libertad de prensa. Espinosa, quien fue hallado en su apartamento con cuatro mujeres -todos asesinados de un disparo en la cabeza- había abandonado el estado de Veracruz en junio para refugiarse en la Ciudad de México, donde pensó que estaría a salvo de amenazas e intimidación.
The July 31 murder of Mexican photographer Rubén Espinosa hit the press freedom community really hard. Espinosa, who was found in an apartment with four female victims--all of them shot in the head--had fled the state of Veracruz in June and sought refuge in Mexico City, where he thought he would be safe from threats and intimidation.
Ciudad de México, 3 de agosto de 2015--El Comité para la Protección de los Periodistas (CPJ, por sus siglas en inglés) condena el asesinato del fotógrafo mexicano Rubén Espinosa y exhorta a las autoridades a investigar todos los posibles motivos del asesinato y asegurar que los autores sean enjuiciados. Espinosa, quien se había radicado en la Ciudad de México luego de abandonar el estado de Veracruz tras recibir amenazas, fue hallado muerto el viernes en un apartamento de la capital, según informes de prensa.
Mexico City, August 3, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa and calls on authorities to investigative all motives in the killing and ensure the perpetrators are held to account. Espinosa, who had fled to the capital from Veracruz state after receiving threats, was found murdered in a Mexico City apartment on Friday, according to news reports.
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