The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) revealed that ninety-three journalists and media staff killed around the world during the course of their work in 2016.
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The IFJ told on Friday that some of them killed in targeted attacks, bomb blasts or in the cross-fire. In this context Iraq and Afghanistan were the deadliest countries. Other 29 expired in plane crashes in Colombia and Russia. Although the figure is lower than previous years but IFJ warned against satisfaction and continued impunity.
IFJ president Philippe Leruth said in a statement that reduction in violence against journalist and media personnel is always welcome but these numbers leave little room for comfort.
According to region, Middle East was deadliest with 30 murders. Asia-Pacific reported 28 murders, Latin America 24, Africa eight and Europe three killings.
The numbers could be higher as there is lack of reliable information on these missing cases, IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger added.
Therefore, urgency needed in pressing governments to investigate all sorts of violence including murders and disappearances. There required quick and reliable method to protect the physical integrity and professional freedom of journalists.
Earlier in December, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a report that impunity raised acts of self-censorship. Many journalists also forced to withdraw from the field completely.
The CPJ quoted the independent Pakistan Press Foundation who said in November that threats and violence have compelled many journalists to move from these risk zones. They have two options either leave the profession or to resort to self-censorship.
According to CPJ, Syria was the deadliest country for journalists in 2016. The journalists who have killed in Syria since the war started in 2011 are at least 107 person.
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