Journalists' killings up in 2014

By REUTERS
December 31, 2014 01:17

 
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BRUSSELS - The number of journalists who died in targeted killings, bomb attacks or shootings around the world rose to 118 in 2014 from 105 the year before, the International Federation of Journalists said on Tuesday.

Another 17 died in accidents or natural disasters while on assignment, according to the Brussels-based IFJ, which says it is the world's largest journalists' organization.

Pakistan was the most dangerous country for the media, with 14 journalists killed. Next was Syria, where 12 died. Nine killings each occurred in Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories, the federation said. Eight journalists each were killed in Iraq and Ukraine.

Among those killed were American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Both were beheaded by Islamic State militants, who have seized parts of Syria and Iraq.



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