Wednesday 13 December 2017

69 journalists were killed worldwide this year - 40pc killed by Islamic State

Charlie Hebdo was attacked by Islamic extremists in January
Charlie Hebdo was attacked by Islamic extremists in January
The Charlie Hebdo attacks

Sarah-Jane Murphy

2015 was a particularly bloody year for journalists, with the majority of deaths occurring in conflict-riddled Syria and at the site of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

Islamic militants were responsible for 40pc of these deaths

The Committee to Protect Journalists' annual report states that 69 journalists were killed while on assignment during the last 12 months.

According to the authors Islamic militants were responsible for 40pc of those deaths.

Meanwhile, Syria remains the most dangerous country in the world for journalists to work in.

This year's total is slightly higher than that 61 journalists that the CPJ reported killed in 2014.

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"Non-state actors ranging from Islamic militants to criminal gangs have become the most lethal threat to journalists worldwide, and account for the vast majority of killing that took place in the past year," CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said.

France emerged as the second-most dangerous country for journalists, due primarily to the terrorist attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo in which eight journalists were among the 12 people killed.

Local journalists continued to be in particular danger, with 94pc of those who died covering their own country at the time of their death.

Those who murdered journalists in 2015 were rarely punished with the CPJ report finding that there were no consequences for more than 80% of the deaths.

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