2 March 2018 17:23:30 The murder rate for Irish journalists is “unprecedented” and has “never been higher”, according to a study by the Irish Times.
It found that over the past five years the murder rate has jumped by more than 50% and that in 2015 there were about 4,000 people killed in the Irish media.
The newspaper said it is “compelling” that the murder rates are so high in Ireland and that the majority of journalists are “under threat”.
“This is not a crisis of confidence in the profession, this is a crisis that is a result of the fact that there are many more journalists in Ireland than ever before,” the newspaper said.
“There are about 4.6 million people in the workforce and it is likely that the number of people killed or injured in the media industry will be higher in 2021 than at any time since the Second World War.”
A total of 8,928 journalists were killed in Ireland in the five years to March 2021, the report said.
The report said that more than two-thirds of journalists had been killed in relation to the 2016 Coronavirus pandemic.
“The vast majority of them were working in a media setting,” said John McCarthy, senior lecturer at the Department of Communications and Journalism at the University of Dublin.
“Most of them would be well into their 70s.
They would have no desire to leave.
They’d rather stay than move.”
“The overwhelming majority of these murders have been committed by other Irish citizens,” he said.
According to the report, the vast majority – 88% – of the murders were committed by individuals or groups of four or more.
“It is highly unlikely that the overall murder rate is higher than in other countries,” the report found.
It said that “the vast majority” of journalists were under threat, but that a small number of “individuals and groups” had been “more than successful” in “taking out journalists”.
A majority of those killed in 2017 were from outside Ireland, while almost all the deaths of journalists in 2017 came from within the country.
In 2017, more than 5,000 journalists were working at Irish media outlets, the Irish Press Association said.