The number of journalists killed so far in 2013 is up to 45, according to the latest information from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
While the number of journalists killed around the world is higher than 45, CPJ says these deaths are “Motive/Confirmed”, meaning, they were killed as a direct result of their work.
Motive confirmed covers the following types of deaths:
crossfire/combat: 38%; a killing on a battlefield or in a military context
dangerous assignment: 27%; deaths while covering a demonstration, riot, clashes between rival groups, and mob situations
murder: 36%; the targeted killing of a journalist, whether premeditated or spontaneous, in direct relation to the journalist’s work
Last year was the deadliest for journalists with more than 70 killed. More than 30 were killed in Syria alone. Syria is still the deadliest country this year with 18 journalist killed.
The latest deaths were Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont, both journalists at Radio France Internationale, who were abducted and killed in Mali shortly after interviewing a MNLA Tuareg separatist group official.
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