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110 journalists killed in 2015

A total of 110 journalists were killed around the world in 2015, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says on Tuesday, noting that while many died in war zones the majority were killed in supposedly peaceful countries.

Sixty-seven journalists were killed in the line of duty, the watchdog group said in its annual roundup, listing war-torn Iraq and Syria as most dangerous places for journalists with 11 and 10 fatalities respectively, followed by France, where eight journalists were killed in a jihadist assault on a satirical magazine.

A further 43 journalists around the world died in circumstances that were unclear and 27 non-professional “citizen-journalists” and seven other media workers were also killed, RSF said.

The high toll is “largely attributable to deliberate violence against journalists” and demonstrates the failure of initiatives to protect media personnel, the report said, calling for the United Nations to take action.

The 67 deaths bring to 787 the total number of journalists who were murdered, knowingly targeted or killed in the course of their work since 2005, the Paris-based organization said. In 2014, there were 66 such fatalities.

AFP

Femen activists hold Charlie Hebdo frontpages during a Unity rally “Marche Republicaine” on January 11, 2015 at the Place de la Republique (Republique's square) in Paris in tribute to the 17 victims of a three-day killing spree by homegrown Islamists. (photo credit: AFP/LOIC VENANCE)
Femen activists hold Charlie Hebdo frontpages during a Unity rally “Marche Republicaine” on January 11, 2015 at the Place de la Republique (Republique’s square) in Paris in tribute to the 17 victims of a three-day killing spree by homegrown Islamists. (photo credit: AFP/LOIC VENANCE)

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