Most reporters killed in 2015 in peaceful countries
Dec 30, NY: A total of 110 journalists were killed around the world in 2015 and majorities were killed in countries at peace, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have said.
In its annual report published on Tuesday, the Paris-based organisation said 67 journalists were killed in the line of duty this year - up from 66 in 2014.
It listed war-torn Iraq and Syria as the most dangerous places for journalists, with 11 and 10 deaths respectively, followed by France, where eight journalists were killed in an assault on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
RSF said a further 43 journalists around the world died in circumstances that were unclear, the group said. An additional 27 non-professional "citizen-journalists" and seven other media workers were also killed in 2015.
The high toll is "largely attributable to deliberate violence against journalists" and demonstrates the failure of initiatives to protect media personnel, the watchdog said.
In particular, the group's report highlighted the growing role of "non-state groups" - often armed groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - in perpetrating atrocities against journalists.
According to RSF, two thirds of the journalists killed in 2014 were in war zones, but this year was the exact opposite, with "two-thirds killed in countries 'at peace."
The 67 deaths bring to 787 the total number of journalists killed in connection with their work since 2005, according to the group
Christophe Deloire, secretary-general of RSF, urged the international community to take action for the protection of journalists.
"The 110 journalists killed this year need a response that matches the emergency. A special representative of the United Nations secretary-general for the safety of journalists must be appointed without delay."
The Oslo Times