Syria is most deadly country for the fifth consecutive year
New York, December 19, 2016--The number of journalists killed in the line of duty is on track to decline in 2016 from recent record levels as fewer journalists were targeted for murder and war became the deadliest beat, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its annual analysis. Deaths in combat or crossfire ticked to their highest number since 2013 as conflicts in the Middle East dragged on.
At least 48 journalists were killed in relation to their work between January 1 and December 15, 2016, compared with 72 in the previous calendar year. CPJ is investigating the deaths of at least 27 more journalists during the year to determine whether they were work-related. CPJ's data is researched and vetted according to strict journalistic criteria.
More than half of the journalists killed in the year died in combat or crossfire, making up the highest proportion of killings since CPJ began keeping records. Syria was the most deadly country for journalists for the fifth year in a row. At least 14 journalists were killed in Syria in 2016, the same number as in 2015, bringing the total number killed there in the line of duty since conflict broke out to at least 107.