Iraq Tops Impunity Index

By John Lee.

Citing 100 journalists murdered in the last decade and 100 percent impunity, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that Iraq is the worst offender on its Impunity Index, a spot it has held since 2008, when CPJ first compiled the index.

According to its report:

"Nine new murders in late 2013 amid a resurgence of militant groups broke a two-year quiescence in fatal anti-press violence.

"Three of the victims, plus two media workers, were killed in a single attack when armed militants bombed and stormed Salaheddin TV station in Tikrit on December 23.

"Al-Qaeda affiliate Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack, according to news reports accusing it of warring against the Sunni people

Impunity Index Rating: 3.067 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants
Last year: Ranked 1st with a rating of 2.818.

(Source: Committee to Protect Journalists)

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