CPJ Releases List of Most Dangerous Countries For Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists just released its annual list of the most dangerous countries for reporters in the world. CPJ has been publishing its list since 2008, and uses the number of unsolved murders of journalists as the basis for its index. Not surprisingly, Iraq leads the way with 92 unsolved murders. Mexico, where drug violence has captured international media scrutiny, has 13 unsolved murders–making it the 8th most dangerous country for journalists in the world. CPJ notes, however, that “Mexico’s impunity rating worsened for the third consecutive year.”

Here’s the top 10:

  1. Iraq
  2. Somalia
  3. Philippines
  4. Sri Lanka
  5. Colombia
  6. Afghanistan
  7. Nepal
  8. Mexico
  9. Russia
  10. Pakistan

Not to sound all macho, (who am I kidding?) but this Fishie has reported from three of those countries in the past two years. Although, admittedly, his ventures in the Philippines were less-than-investigative.  He did, however, pen a piece about the always-contentious gay rights movement in Colombia for The Advocate, and was stiffed on his fee for the better part of a year and a half.

A note to all the editors and publishers out there running the work of freelance journalists traveling in dangerous foreign lands: if reporters are risking their lives to bring you a story, PAY THEM! It’s tough enough out there without having to fight you for cash.