Syria picked most dangerous country for journalists

A total of 126 journalists andother media workers around the world have died on the job thisyear, with Syria the most dangerous place to work for the secondyear in a row, the International News Safety Institute said onFriday.

That was 21 fewer than last year, but INSI said theincidence of kidnappings and disappearances was rising.

The institute, which organises safety courses for reportersand monitors risks in trouble spots, said 19 of the dead hadlost their lives in Syria.

In addition, at least 18 foreign and 20 Syrian journalistsare believed to be missing in the country after being detainedor kidnapped there, it said.

The London-based INSI, whose report was officially releasedin Geneva, did not specify whether these were believed to beheld by the Syrian government forces or by Islamist insurgentswho are known to be responsible for at least some of the deaths.

Overall the Syrian death total was down from 28 in 2012, butabductions of both foreign and local reporters increased,leading many international news organisations to stop sendingjournalists to cover the conflict.

INSI, founded in 2003 by major world news organisations,including Reuters, and professional bodies like theBrussels-based International Federation of Journalists, said thePhilippines and India were the next most dangerous countries forthe media after Syria, with 13 dead each.

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