According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013, including 29 who died in Syria and 10 slain in Iraq.
The committee’s deputy director" Robert Mahoney" said in a statement that “the Middle East has become a killing field for journalists. While the number of journalists killed for their work has declined in some places, the fighting in Syria and a renewal of attacks in Iraq have taken an agonizing toll”., adding that “the international community must prevail on all governments and armed groups to respect the civilian status of reporters and to prosecute the killers of journalists”.
To date, at least 63 journalists have been killed covering the conflict in Syria, the CPJ’s report said. Sixty journalists have been abducted in Syria this year alone. Thirty are still missing.
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has been tracking deaths among reporters and broadcasters since 1992.