Forty-nine journalists were killed across the world in 2019, Reporters Without Borders said on Tuesday, the lowest death toll in 16 years.
The historically low number mostly died covering conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan, the Paris-based watchdog said, which warned that journalism remains a dangerous profession.
About 80 journalists a year have lost their lives on average over the last two decades, said the organization, which is known by its French initials RSF.
But its head Christophe Deloire warned that the number of journalists murdered in countries supposedly at peace was still alarmingly high, with 10 dying in Mexico alone.
Latin America, with a total of 14 reporters killed across the continent, has become as deadly as the Middle East, he added.
While he said that the fall in the number of fatalities in conflict zones was something to celebrate, more and more journalists are being assassinated for their work in democratic countries, which is a real challenge to democracy.
While fewer journalists are dying, more are ending up behind bars, according to RSF.
About 389 were locked up in 2019, up 12% on last year.
Nearly half were imprisoned in three countries - China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which was blamed for the gruesome murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi at its embassy in Istanbul last year.
”China, which has intensified its repression of the (mostly Muslim) Uighur minority, alone holds a third of the journalists locked up in the world, RSF said.
Meanwhile, 57 journalists are being held hostage across the globe, mostly in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Ukraine.
There has been no notable freeing of hostages this year despite major developments in Syria,” the RSF said, which has led it to fear for the worst for many of those abducted.
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MercoPress again disseminating prejudices and pro British social propaganda, trying to put down our region in does not want to belong to, while attempting to exalt the Falkands Colony as a bastion of civility.Dec 20th, 2019 - 02:20 pm 0
Could Mercopress be specific as what journalists in what countries and when??? Or would that go against the idea it wants to misinform the world with, in the best of British traditions?