Charlie Hebdo killings puts France among deadliest for press attacks


Murder of 9 journalists in attack on magazine left France second only to Syria in annual list of world's deadliest countries for journalists.

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The Charlie Hebdo murders in January have catapulted France to second place in an annual list of the world's most deadly countries for journalists, reports the BBC.

The nine journalists killed in the attack left France second only to Syria, where 13 journalists were killed in 2015 in the course of their work.

In all, 69 journalists lost their lives in the line of duty, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Some 28 of those - 40% - were killed by Islamic extremists, said the CPJ.

The death toll, which includes journalists killed between 1 January and 23 December, is higher than the 61 journalists killed in 2014.

And it may yet rise: the CPJ is investigating the deaths of at least 26 more journalists during the year to determine whether they were work-related.

Syria has been the most deadly country for the press for the past four years, although the 13 deaths recorded in 2015 were a decrease on the previous year.

That reflects in part the reduced number of journalists working in the country as the so-called Islamic State expands its territorial control, the CPJ said, as well as the increased difficulty of monitoring violence in the country.

Limited access to information in other war-torn countries - including Libya, Yemen, and Iraq - may have also lowered the recorded death toll worldwide.

Read more of this report from the BBC.

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