When Mick Deane was killed in Egypt on August 14, he became the 1,000th journalist documented by CPJ as having died in direct relation to his work. Some died in the crossfire of combat or civil unrest, but most were targeted for murder. In 1992, CPJ began keeping detailed accounts of journalist killings, which are preserved in our website database.
The Huffington Post marked the grim milestone by publishing a substantial piece profiling CPJ’s work. CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon is cited as saying, “We’re able to use that data to draw some conclusions about how the threats to journalists are changing, and ultimately how violence is impeding the flow of information about the world at a time when it’s become increasingly crucial.”
Over time, about one journalist is killed every week, CPJ research shows. In addition to the 1,000 deaths we have confirmed as work-related, CPJ has documented the deaths of hundreds of other journalists who were killed in unclear circumstances. CPJ continues to investigate those deaths and advocate for efficient investigations that bring the journalist killers to justice.