Earlier this year, Sandeep Kothari, a 40-year-old journalist from Madhya Pradesh was allegedly murdered by three persons involved in illegal mining who kidnapped him and set him ablaze apparently over his refusal to withdraw a court case, police said. Kothari’s burnt body was found dumped in a farm at Butibori area in Nagpur. RSF said that it had not been possible to clearly establish the circumstances or motives of 43 other deaths. Twenty-seven citizen-journalists and seven media workers were also killed in 2015. The report states that The Charlie Hebdo attack made France the third deadliest country for journalists in 2015. A western country had never suffered a massacre of this kind in the past.“The inadequacy of the Indian authorities’ response is reinforcing the climate of impunity for violence against journalists.”
In Bangladesh, four secularist bloggers were killed in acts claimed by local terrorists.
“The passivity of the Bangladeshi authorities in the face of this bloodbath has fostered a climate of impunity that is extremely dangerous for citizen journalists,” RSF said.The report also placed the spotlight on 54 journalists who were held hostage at the end of 2015, 26 of them in Syria, and 153 journalists who were in prison, 23 of them in China and 22 in Egypt.
RSF has been producing its annual round-up of violations against journalists for the past 20 years. It is based on precise data gathered by RSF in the course of its monitoring activities. The New York-based “Committee to Protect Journalists” is publishing its own round-up today.