Mexico, Iraq and Syria highlight list of most dangerous countries for journalists; Where information professionals are particularly exposed to violence, y appear in target of war conflicts or ir work is severed by totalitarian governments. The barometer of press freedom violations of Reporters Without Borders accounts for Year 11 crimes in Mexico, 8 in Syria and 7 in Iraq. Yemen, Afghanistan, Honduras, Brazil, or Somalia also appear among states in which informers are meanlyly murdered. When it seemed that European Union was free from such appalling attacks on press freedom, two countries — Denmark and Malta — have gone on to thicken list of shame.
A limpet bomb located in his car ended this week brutally with life of journalist Maltese Daphne Galizia, 53 years. He was involved in an investigation into roles of Malta, a derivation of so-called Panama Papers, which revealed in May how small Mediterranean island had become a tax haven within EU itself. His inquiries dotted wife of Prime Minister and several members of executive. Their to an electoral advancement and, despite revelations, labourer Joseph Muscat won again in June.
Galizia, deadly victim number 41 computed by RSF in what goes on year, was at point of view. A few days before she was killed she filed a complaint in which she claimed to have received death threats. Now his son blames Muscat government for allowing crime, corruption and a culture of impunity. My mor has been murdered because she was standing between rule of law and those who want to rape him, like many or strong journalists, reported Matw Galizia.
At or end of EU, on sourn coast of Copenhagen, police found at end of August part of body of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, 30, who according to all indications was killed when she was aboard a submarine to perform a report. His corpse, savagely mutilated, was found in Baltic Sea. Peter Madsen, an eccentric inventor and owner of submersible Nautilus, has been charged with murder.
Crimes intended to silence voice of press are common currency in countries where drug trafficking, paramilitaries or corrupt states have become strong. But that se attacks occur within European Union are disturbing news. The European Commission, with its president, Jean-Claude Juncker in front row, has hastened to condemn murder of Maltese reporter with a forceful statement of intent: "The right of a journalist to investigate, to ask uncomfortable questions and to inform "Effectively is at heart of our values and must always be guaranteed."
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