(HN, April 28, 2010) - Most deaths of journalists are now among locals covering sensitive stories such as high-level crime and corruption for national media.
The finding was announced on the eve of World Press Freedom Day by the Geneva-based International News Safety Institute (INSI). It said that so far this year, at least 42 journalists have been killed worldwide - with April the bloodiest month fort media in five years, with 17 journalists killed.
With a journalist being killed every 1.5 days in April, INSI said today the numbers have reached "shocking new levels."
Said INSI Director Rodney Pinder: "Freedom shrieks whenever a journalist is kiled for doing their job."
But it is local journalists that are bearing the brunt of the violence against media representatives. So far this year, seven journalists have been killed in Honduras, six in Mexico, and four in Pakistan. Three died in Colombia and Nigeria and one each in Nepal, Venezuela, Cyprus, Russia, Ecuador and Turkey.
The latest targeted killing of a journalist occurred April 25 in Lagos, Nigeria. Edo Sule Ugbagwu, 42, a senior judiciary correspondent working for The Nation newspaper, was shot in his dwelling. His gruesome death occurred just a year after the killing of another Nigerian journalist, Bayo Ohu, assistant Politics Editor of the Lagos-based Guardian Newspaper.
It is not clear whether fewer foreign correspondents are being targeted due to the decline of foreign news coverage by major western news organizations.
On May 3 - World Press Freedom Day - INSI is calling for a minute silence in newsrooms around the world.
Staff, agencies, INSI