Murdered Journalists

Members of the media attend a memorial to demand justice for murdered journalists Lourdes Maldonado, Margarito Martinez and Jose Luis Gamboa outside of Mexico’s Interior Ministry, Jan 25, 2022. Photo: Luis Barron / Eyepix Group/Future Publishing via Getty Images.

While American journalism has been focused on its own internecine battles, journalists around the world have been dying in the service of a simple task: telling people things they need to know, that other people don’t want them to know. This series of articles focuses on some of those who have given their lives, and the hostile forces which circled them.

Shootings, fires and an anti-tank missile: Peter R. de Vries and the battle to cover gangs in the Netherlands
By Caleb Pershan — May 31, 2022

This year, Reporters Without Borders lowered Holland’s place in a yearly press freedom ranking by twenty two spots—from sixth to twenty-eighth—citing de Vries’s murder, among other factors.

Haiti: Covering a chaotic nation, with deadly consequences
By Feven Merid — May 4, 2022

“I’m concerned for my fellow journalists and sad that the justice system is not doing what needs to be done.”

2022 is already the deadliest year for journalists in Mexico
By Paroma Soni — April 29, 2022

“All of them deserve our tears. We have the right to be angry and cry and just be human. But we are also journalists, and we have to continue doing the work so someday we don’t have to cry anymore.”