A total of 126 journalists and
other media workers around the world have died on the job this
year, with Syria the most dangerous place to work for the second
year in a row, the International News Safety Institute said on
That was 21 fewer than last year, but INSI said the
incidence of kidnappings and disappearances was rising.
The institute, which organises safety courses for reporters
and monitors risks in trouble spots, said 19 of the dead had
lost their lives in Syria
In addition, at least 18 foreign and 20 Syrian journalists
are believed to be missing in the country after being detained
or kidnapped there, it said.
-based INSI, whose report was officially released
, did not specify whether these were believed to be
held by the Syrian government
forces or by Islamist insurgents
who are known to be responsible for at least some of the deaths.
Overall the Syrian death total was down from 28 in 2012, but
abductions of both foreign and local reporters increased,
leading many international news organisations to stop sending
journalists to cover the conflict.
INSI, founded in 2003 by major world news organisations,
including Reuters, and professional bodies like the
-based International Federation of Journalists
, said the
were the next most dangerous countries for
the media after Syria
, with 13 dead each.