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Syria most dangerous country for journalists: Watchdog

Published on Apr 17, 2014 6:17 AM
 
Residents run to take cover after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's al-Myassar neighbourhood on April 16, 2014. Syria is the world's most dangerous country for journalists, a United States-based watchdog said on Wednesday as it published its annual impunity index tracking unsolved killings of reporters. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Syria is the world's most dangerous country for journalists a United States-based watchdog said on Wednesday as it published its annual impunity index tracking unsolved killings of reporters.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported a "rising number of targeted killings" of reporters in Syria as a recent threat to journalists operating in the war-torn country.

"With unprecedented numbers of abductions and high rates of fatalities in combat and crossfire, Syria was already the world's most dangerous country for journalists," CPJ said.

Iraq remained on top of the rankings with the worst record for solving murders of journalists. Somalia came in second with the Philippines third, the watchdog announced.

 
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Here is the list of the 13 countries where at least five journalists have been murdered from 2004 to 2013 without a single perpetrator being convicted. The number in brackets refers to the number of murders in 2013 unless otherwise specified.

1. Iraq 100 (+ 9)
2. Somalia 26 (+4)
3. Philippines 51 (+3)
4. Sri Lanka 9
5. Syria 7 since 2012
6. Afghanistan 5
7. Mexico 16
8. Colombia 6 (+1)
9. Pakistan 22
10. Russia 14 (+2)
11. Brazil 9 (+3)
12. Nigeria 5 since 2009
13. India 7 (+2)

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