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Journalists: 65 killed doing their jobs in 2017 – Official

*Most dangerous to journalists: Syria, Mexico, Afghanistan, Iraq, Philippines

*Nigerian journalists too are killed without recourse

Media freedom organisation, Reporters Without Borders, said on Tuesday that 65 media workers around the world have been killed doing their jobs in 2017.

The organisation said among the dead was 50 professional journalists, seven citizen journalists and eight other media workers.

It said the five most dangerous countries were Syria, Mexico, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Philippines.

Of those killed, the organisation said, 35 died in regions where armed conflict is ongoing while 30 were killed outside of such areas.

It said 39 of those killed were targeted for their journalistic work such as reporting on political corruption or organised crime while the other 26 were killed while working due to shelling and bomb attacks, for example.

“It’s alarming that so many journalists were murdered outside of war zones,” said Katja Gloger, a board member of Reporters Without Borders.

Gloger added: “In far too many countries perpetrators can assume they’ll get off scot-free if they’re violent towards media professionals.”

The organisation said more than 300 media workers were currently in prison, with around half of those in five countries, namely Turkey, China, Syria, Iran and Vietnam.

Nigeria has been listed among the 12 countries in the world where journalists are slain and the killers evade justice.

The country is ranked 11th out of the 12, according to a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

The report – annual Global Impunity Index – says five journalists in Nigeria have been killed “with complete impunity” in the past decade.

The report said the extremist group Boko Haram and unknown assailants were responsible for the killings.

Those targeted for murder in Nigeria were local journalists covering war, politics, and human rights, according to the report.

The report mentioned the October 2011 murder of Zakariya Isa, a reporter and cameraman for the state-run Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, which Boko Haram claimed responsibility for.

The violent attack on Ebonyi journalist, Charles Otu, in June and other nonfatal attacks are documented as a setback for the country.

Mr. Otu, a reporter with the Guardian newspaper, was abducted and beaten up by thugs, who warned him to stop writing reports that were critical to the Ebonyi state government.

Somalia tops the list with 26 unresolved cases in which journalists have been murdered for doing their work.

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