Syria Was the Deadliest Country for Journalists in 2016

There were 48 deaths worldwide.

More journalists died in the line of duty in Syria than in any other country in 2016, according to the findings in the Committee to Protect Journalists’ annual report on journalist deaths around the world, tracked from Jan. 1 to Dec. 15. Fourteen journalists died in Syria, a country caught in a five-year civil war that is the deadliest the world has seen in this century. Of those, five were murdered and nine died as a result of crossfire or combat, such as being hit by shrapnel from an explosion.

If there is any silver lining in the report, it is that the 48 deaths worldwide this past year represents a drop from the previous year’s 72, attributed to a decrease in the number of journalist murders. Despite that, the number of combat-related deaths increased, comprising, according to CPJ’s Elana Beiser and Elisabeth Witchel, “more than half of the journalists killed” this year, “for the first time since CPJ began keeping records.” CPJ’s records date back to 1992.

Unsurprisingly, this made war the most dangerous beat in 2016. The most dangerous jobs were photographer and camera operator.

In addition to listing all duty-related deaths, CPJ tells each journalist’s story. You can learn about them here.

Publish date: December 19, 2016 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT