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Journalism can be a deadly profession

At least 15 reporters and other media professionals have been killed in Syria in the past 12 months, as the safety of journalists continues to be of major concern in conflict zones and elsewhere, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers reported in its Global Press Freedom Report.

by Nick Tjaardstra nick.tjaardstra@wan-ifra.org | June 5, 2013

Covering the period from June 2012 to May 2013, the report takes a twelve-month snapshot of the major issues affecting press freedom and freedom of expression worldwide. It also records the number of journalist deaths and provides detailed information on the particular circumstances.

The full report, released on the final day of the 65th World Newspaper Congress, 20th World Editors Forum and 23rd World Advertising Forum in Bangkok, Thailand, can be found at https://wan-ifra.org/node/78158.

The safety of journalists continues to be of major concern in areas where conflict makes reporting the news dangerous, often deadly. The report reveals that at least 15 media professionals lost their lives in Syria, and at least 10 in Somalia. Whether at the hand of extremists, organised criminal gangs or official security forces, journalists increasingly find themselves in the firing line.

A total of 54 deaths were recorded between June 2012 and May 2013.