WASHINGTON - At least 60 journalists were killed globally this year in work-related violence, with the Middle East the deadliest region, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a year-end report on Tuesday.
The 2014 death toll marks a drop from 2013, when 70 journalists were killed, the New York-based watchdog group said. The CPJ is investigating the deaths this year of at least 18 more journalists to see if they are work-related.
Almost half of the journalists killed this year died in the Middle East. Syria was the deadliest country for journalists for the third year in a row, with at least 17 killed there amid a civil war.
Seventy-nine journalists have been killed in Syria since fighting started in 2011, the CPJ said.
The last three years are the deadliest worldwide since the CPJ began documenting journalists' killings in 1992, it said.