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IFJ Publishes Lowest Number of Journalists' Killings since 2007 but Warns against Complacency

31 December 2017

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today warned there is no room for complacency despite recording the lowest number of killings of journalists since 2007.

The IFJ welcomed the fall from last year’s tally of 93 to 81 in 2017 but cautioned that unprecedented numbers of journalists were jailed, forced to flee, that self-censorship was widespread and that impunity for the killings, harassment, attacks and threats against independent journalism was running at epidemic levels.

The IFJ's Killed List, published today, details the 80 journalists and media staff killed in targeted killings, car bomb attacks and cross fire incidents around the world during 2017. The number is 13 down from last year’s death tally of 93, making 2017 among the least deadly in a decade.

The IFJ welcomed the drop in loss of life among journalists and media staff, partly due to there being fewer flash points in previously highly volatile places and partly to the loss of ground by some armed groups which reduced journalists’ proximity to the frontline in combat zones.

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