Over the last several years, the average number of attacks has been somewhere between 30-50 per year, but in 2020 alone, this number has jumped to over 220 attacks with one month left remaining — setting a record.
These numbers are likely misrepresented, too, given that minor attacks and assaults remain unreported to authorities. According to a New York Times op-ed
, treatment towards journalists outside the U.S. is even more concerning when governments don’t protect the press.
It also is worth mentioning that while physical attacks are one form of reported attacks, many journalists have expressed fear around online and digital attacks. It’s not uncommon for a journalist who writes unfavorably about a prominent political figure to receive all types of threats through email and social media.