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12:00 AM, December 23, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 23, 2016

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Is the number of journalists, who have been killed around the world in 2016 while doing their job, said Reporters without Borders. The press freedom group said 19 were killed in Syria alone, followed by 10 in Afghanistan, nine in Mexico and five in Iraq. Almost all of those killed were locally-based journalists. Although it was fewer than the 67 killed in 2015, the group put the decrease down to "the fact that many journalists have fled countries that became too dangerous, especially Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan and Burundi”. It said the withdrawal of reporters from these conflict-ridden countries had created "news and information black holes where impunity reigns”. Nine bloggers and eight media workers have also been killed this year. Reporters without Borders said the fall in deaths was also the result of the "terror" imposed by what it called "press freedom predators" that close media outlets arbitrarily and gag journalists.

 

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