2018 Was A Great Year For Journalism, Horrible and Deadly One For Journalists

Over 250 journalist were imprisoned, 54 died in 2018.

Murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi is honored as part of Time's Person of the Year. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, more than 250 journalists around the world were imprisoned in 2018.

Thirty four of those truth-seekers were murdered in retaliation for their reporting, Quartz reports.

Including journalists who were killed covering other dangerous stories and conflicts, 54 journalists lost their life.

Among them, 27-year-old editor Jan Kuciak and his fiance were shot dead in their home earlier this year. Kuciak had recently collaborated with OCCRP- the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. His last published story focused on possible tax evasion within ‘Ndrangheta, an Italian crime syndicate.

Five journalists- Wendi Winters, John McNamara, Rob Hiassen, Gerald Fischman, and Rebecca Smith, were murdered by a grudge-holding gunman at the Capital Gazette, an Annapolis-based newspaper. Their deaths made the United States the fourth-deadliest country for journalist in world in 2018. The shooter had previously sued the paper over a column it published about his harassing a former classmate on Facebook.

Other headline-making news included the torture and murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the imprisonment of Rappler newsite CEO Maria Ressa in the Philippines.

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