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Dead reporters in LatAm

The Reporters Without Borders 2013 press freedom annual roundup was published today last week*, with the headline number as usual being the number of jouranlists killed while doing their jobs around the world. In total 71 pro journalists and 4 assistants were killed for being who they are, with Syria and Iraq the blackest spots on the globe (10 dead in each country).
We turn our attention to Latin America and here’s a chart that outlines the last three years of figures for the region:
Many people overlook that Brazil is the most dangerous country for reporters, but the consistent figures tell their own story. Honduras and Mexico are also very dangerous places to be a reporter (particularly Honduras if we consider its relatively small size and population). The rest as seen and, although one is obviously too many, there does seem to be a drop in the overall casualty rates and that can’t be a bad thing.
As a small sidebar please note that Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Argentina, most often the target of press freedom allegations, hardly figure on the dead journalists  lists over the last three years. Just sayin’.

*oops, too much eggnog

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