Have you ever left the office at night thinking about what a bad day you just had?
Well, we have to remind ourselves it’s absolutely nothing in comparison to the 70 journalists who were killed on the job this past year.
As reported by ABC News, per the Committee to Protect Journalists which has been reporting journalist deaths since 1992, this number includes 29 journalists who perished covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq. Six journalists passed away in Egypt.
In a statement, Robert Mahoney, the committee’s deputy director, explained:
“The Middle East has become a killing field for journalists. While the number of journalists killed for their work has declined in some places, the civil war in Syria and a renewal of sectarian attacks in Iraq have taken an agonizing toll. The international community must prevail on all governments and armed groups to respect the civilian status of reporters and to prosecute the killers of journalists.”
As for the deaths themselves, most of the journalists were killed near where they lived and during combat. It should be noted that journalists were murdered in a few countries as they reported sensitive topics. This includes Brazil, Colombia, the Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Russia.
May they all rest in peace.