20 Journalists Killed in the Brazilian Plane Crash in Colombia

Of the 76 people confirmed dead after a chartered plane carrying Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team crashed outside of Medellin, Colombia, 20 were members of the press assigned to cover an international soccer final. Among the 81 total aboard, only five are thought to have survived the crash, including one journalist, according to CNN

While it is far from the first time a journalist has died in the line of duty, Marcelo Rech, editorial vice president of the RBS media group and president of the Brazilian Newspaper Association, noted that the death of 20 journalists in a single air accident is one of biggest tragedies to hit the world press in recent years. 

The death toll approaches that of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre in the Philippines, which saw the death of 32 journalists and media workers, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The CPJ considers Maguindanao to be the single, deadliest event to strike journalists since the organization began keeping records in 1992.

Five of the journalists killed belonged to Rech's RBS group. "The dead colleagues will remain forever as a light to inspire the profession and the next generations of journalists," Rech wrote. 


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