Last year saw 141 journalists killed in 29 countries, AFP, citing the Swiss-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), reported Thursday, an increase of 31 percent over 2011.

In one of the deadliest twelve months for journalists on record, 37 reporters were killed in Syria and 19 in Somalia, according to PEC figures. Three Latin American countries followed among the most dangerous places, with 11 journalists killed in both Mexico and Brazil and another 6 in Honduras.

The PEC's estimate vastly exceeded that of Reporters Without Borders, which recently put the number of journalists killed in 2012 at 88.

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