The Committee to Protect Journalists said the past three years have been the deadliest period for journalists that the group has ever recorded.
In 2014, international journalists were killed at a higher rate than in recent years. The group reports: “An unusually high proportion of journalists killed in relation to their work in 2014 were international journalists, as correspondents crossed borders to cover conflict and dangerous situations in the Middle East, Ukraine, and Afghanistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its annual analysis.”
At least 60 journalists were killed globally this year, along with 70 deaths in 2013. The group said it’s investigating the deaths of at least 18 more journalists in 2014 to determine whether their deaths were related to their work.
“The most common job held by journalists killed in 2014 was broadcast reporter, at 35 percent, followed by photographer and camera operator, at 27 percent,” the report notes.
CPJ has been tracking journalist deaths since 1992.