04/16/2014 09:14 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Countries Where Journalists' Killers Go Free


Syria isn't just the most deadly country for journalists — it's also one of the countries where journalists' murders are most likely to go unpunished, according to the Committee To Protect Journalists' new study.

CPJ released its latest Impunity Index on Wednesday. In the words of the organization, the index "calculates the number of unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of a country’s population." Iraq topped the list of worst offenders with 100 journalist murders in the past decade and zero convictions, by CPJ's count. Syria ranked number 5 this year, which is its first time on the list.

Below, see the five worst offenders. Visit CPJ for the full list.

5. Syria


7 unsolved murders; population: 22.4 million

4. Sri Lanka

sri lanka journalist

9 unsolved murders; population: 20.3 million

3. The Philippines

ampatuan journalist

51 unsolved murders; population: 96.7 million

2. Somalia

somalia journalist

26 unsolved murders; population: 10.2 million

1. Iraq

iraq journalist

100 unsolved murders; population: 32.6 million