According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) annual report, 60 journalists were killed in 2014. That’s less than last year, when 70 reporters lost their lives while on the job, but CPJ is still investigating an additional 18 deaths, so that number may increase.
For the third straight year, Syria was the most dangerous place for journalists. This year 17 reporters were killed while covering the conflict there. Since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, 79 journalists have been killed in the region.
Other findings from CPJ’s report:
- More than 40 percent of journalists killed were specifically targeted, as 31 percent of murdered reporters had claimed they were threatened.
- About 50 percent of journalists killed died in the Middle East.
- Roughly 38 percent of journalists killed died in combat or crossfire.
- 35 percent of those killed were broadcast reporters, followed by photographer and camera operator, at 27 percent.