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48 journalists killed in 2016 : CPJ

Published : Saturday, 31 December, 2016 at 1:57 PM  Count : 528

48 journalists killed in 2016 : CPJ

48 journalists killed in 2016 : CPJ

At least 48 journalists and two workers of media outlets have been killed while on duty around the world in 2016, says the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

In its annual report, the New York-based media watchdog said the cause of death of another 28 journalists this year were not yet clear.

This marks a drop from the year before. In 2015, at least 72 journalists and three media workers, including five from Bangladesh were killed.

The CPJ tally for 2016 lists no Bangladeshi journalists or media workers as killed on duty.

Like the previous year, the highest number of deaths came from Syria, where 14 journalists died. The country has been caught up in a civil war since March 2011.

In war-torn Iraq and Yemen, six journalists each were killed on duty and four were killed in Afghanistan.

Three journalists have been killed in their line of duties each in Somalia and Libya.

Two each were killed each in Pakistan, India, Mexico and Turkey while one each in Guinea, Ukraine, Myanmar and Brazil.

The CPJ also reported the death of two media workers in Iraq and Syria.

According to the media watchdog, as many as 1,228 journalists have been killed while on work in the 25 years since 1995.

In the last nine years, 456 journalists had to leave their countries, it says.

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