The Straits Times
Published on Nov 22, 2012

Journalist deaths hit 15-year high: Press watchdog


VIENNA (AFP) - More journalists have been killed this year while on assignment than at any time in the last 15 years, according to the International Press Institute (IPI), a Vienna-based media watchdog.

A total of 119 journalists have died so far, IPI's Death Watch survey found, exceeding the number of deaths in any year since it started keeping track in 1997.

The previous highest figure had been 110 deaths in 2009. Last year, 102 journalists were killed.

Syria was the deadliest country for media to operate in this year, with 36 journalists killed there.