For inclusion on the list, the individual’s death must be meet one or more of the following specifications:

  • The individual was reporting at the time of their death
  • The individual’s death can be reliably linked to a history of threats in retribution for their reporting
  • The individual is a foreign correspondent on assignment in another country and was in the situation which led to their death because of their work.
  • The individual was targeted for their profession.
  • The individual died while in detention for their reporting
  • The individual died in captivity after being kidnapped for their reporting

See the interactive map of journalists killed in 2015.