May 22, 2022

New Report: Number of Journalists Detained, Held Hostage or Disappeared in 2015 Up 35% (vs. 2014)

A new roundup report was published today by Reporters Without Borders.

2015-12-18_10-26-39A 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.”

Direct to Full Text Report (14 pages; PDF)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.