59 journalists killed this year: media rights group
Fifty-nine journalists have been killed because of their work in the first six months of this year, up from 53 for the same period last year, the Press Emblem Campaign said Monday.
The highest toll was in
The other most dangerous countries for the media were
PEC secretary general Blaise Lempen said in the statement that journalists "are extremely exposed in countries which witness internal problems".
Lempen said "governments and the international community must act in firmness to stop those killings and bring the perpetrators of those crimes to justice".
Three journalists were killed in
One journalist was killed in
Lempen said the reasons for the killings varied from the organised crime in
The organisation, which campaigns for better protection for journalists in conflict zones, also noted that two French TV journalists had been captured for more than six months in
It "deplores the dangers to which journalists are subjected to because of their work, which includes hostage taking," the statement said.
Last year a record 122 journalists were killed because of their profession and 91 in 2008, said the group, which keeps a tally of the deaths on its www.pressemblem.ch website.