The 13 journalists killed in Afghanistan in 2018 were the most in any year since CPJ began keeping track–including 2001, when the U.S attacked the country and nine journalists were killed.
The Committee to Protect Journalists in their latest annual analysis 2018 have estimated that at least 53 journalists were killed on the job this year, 34 of whom were targeted for murder in reprisal for their work.
The numbers, which represent those killed between January 1 and December 14, make 2018 the deadliest year for journalists in the past three years, according to CPJ data.
“Afghanistan, where extremists have stepped up deliberate attacks on journalists, was the deadliest country, followed by Syria and India”, the analysis adds.
The analysis adds how the a factor for the physical dangers to journalists, is that many world leaders are doubling down on anti-press rhetoric.
The year was marked by high-profile murders of journalists including Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, killed by Saudi agents in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul in October.
CPJ tracks three types of journalists’ deaths on the job: reprisal murders; deaths in combat or crossfire (11 this year, the lowest since 2011); and deaths on other dangerous assignments, such as covering protests that turn violent (eight this year).
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The analysis points that there has been a lack of proper leadership in the media world and journalism as well.