A total of 54 journalists are currently being held hostage worldwide, versus 40 this time last year - a 35% increase.
Journalists are easy targets for radical groups such as the Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front, who use them not only for ransoms or leverage but also, and above all to impose a reign of terror and to silence their critics. It comes as no surprise that the most dangerous country is Syria, where entire regions are now “information black holes.”
RSF’s work is essential if things are to change. RSF makes sure that these journalists are not forgotten. It ensures that pressure does not let up until they are freed. It pushes for changes to the legal framework, such as Resolution 2222 on the protection of journalists in armed conflicts, which the UN Security Council adopted this year and was based on an RSF proposal.
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