JournalismPakistan.com December 15, 2014
GENEVA: At least 128 journalists have been killed so far in 2014, according to the annual report of the Press Emblem Campaign. The 2013 tally was 129.
PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen said that 2014 was terrible for journalists. New conflicts for media workers opened in Ukraine, in the Israeli assault on Gaza, which led to the killings of many media workers, and in Syria, the situation was unprecedented with the beheading of journalists recorded in video clips.
Gaza leads the list with 16 journalists killed by Israel during the Operation Protective Edge, followed by Syria (13) and Pakistan (12), the PEC reported.
Iraq is in fourth place where 10 journalists have been killed, many of them by the military offensive of the Islamic state. Ukraine takes fifth place, with 9 journalists killed, followed by Mexico ( 8), Afghanistan (6), Honduras and Somalia ( 5 each) and Brazil and the Central African Republic (4 each).
Three journalists each were killed in Cambodia, Guinea, Paraguay and the Philippines and two journalists each were killed in Bangladesh, Colombia, India, Libya, Peru, Turkey and Yemen.
One journalist each was killed in Burma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Dominican Republic, Egypt, Lebanon, Nigeria, Panama, Russia, Salvador, and Saudi Arabia.
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