65 media workers killed in line of duty in 2017, says Reporters Without Borders

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FILE PHOTO: journalists interviewing politician, holding microphones and voice recorders.

Media freedom organisation, Reporters Without Borders said on Tuesday that 65 media workers around the world have been killed doing their jobs in 2017.

The organisation said among the dead were 50 professional journalists, seven citizen journalists and eight other media workers.

It said the five most dangerous countries were Syria, Mexico, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Philippines.

Of those killed, the organisation said, 35 died in regions where armed conflict is ongoing while 30 were killed outside of such areas.

It said 39 of those killed were targeted for their journalistic work such as reporting on political corruption or organized crime while the other 26 were killed while working due to shelling and bomb attacks, for example.

“It’s alarming that so many journalists were murdered…



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