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Chart: Syria Is The Most Dangerous Country For Journalists In 2014


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Since the civil war erupted in Syria back in 2011, 69 journalists have lost their lives while 80 have been abducted – 20 are still missing. Award winning reporter Marie Colvin and photojournalist Rémi Ochlik were among those killed in Syria in 2012.

Ukraine, another country in the grips of civil war, is becoming increasingly dangerous for journalists with 4 deaths since the start of the year. The kidknapping of Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky in Sloviansk in April illustrated the growing dangers faced by international news organisations on the ground in eastern Ukraine – he survived after four days of harsh beatings and interrogation and describes it all in this video.

Iraq also remains dangerous territory for journalists with 4 deaths in 2014. The increasingly fragmented and blurred frontlines of modern wars driven by extreme ideologies are changing the face of war-reporting. Fighting between conventional armies is now rare and Islamic militants often view any westerners, including journalists as hostile.

Wow, how bad a place do you have to be, to be more dangerous than Ukraine and Iraq?

Iran didn't even make it into the Top 10?!!?

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