BRUSSELS – Afghanistan was declared as the most dangerous country for journalists in 2018 in a report of International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
In the report released on December 31, it was revealed that overall 94 journalists and media staff were killed while carrying out their jobs in 2018.
84 journalists, camerapersons, fixers and technicians died in targeted killings, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents, the report added.
The report further highlighted that ten other media staff members lost their lives while working as drivers, protection officers and a sales assistant; six women were among those killed.
IFJ said the 2018 figures marked a slight increase up from 82 killings recorded in 2017 and represented a reversal of the downward trend from the last three years.
The IFJ noted the heat on Saudi Arabia for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. But it also said the murder of most journalists goes unpunished.
It highlighted the killing of the Washington Post columnist and Saudi national, Jamal Khashoggi, in the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul on 2 October.
In countries like Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen, armed conflict and militant violence killed most journalists while there was a slight drop in violence against journalists in Iraq last year since armed groups lost ground in the country.
The Middle East and the Arab world recorded 20 killings including Palestinians Yaser Murtaja and Ahmed Abu Hussein who were killed by Israeli snipers in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Eleven journalists lost their lives in Africa.