The year 2014 was a bad one for international journalists. At least 60 of them were killed during the year while on their job or because of it at troubled spots in various parts of the world, pointed out Committee to Protect Journalists on Tuesday. The annual review by the Committee also drew attention to the fact that 44% of them were targeted for murder.

Gruesome images of Steven Sotloff beheading which were released online by the terror groups responsible for the act.

The report by the New York based organization says that though a majority of the journalist threatened due to various reasons were local, an “unusually high proportion,” or about one-fourth, of those killed were international journalists.

The Committee which first started compiling records in 1992 has also observed that the last three years have been the bloodiest overall, saying that 70 journalists had been killed last year.

The dead include American freelance journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, whose gruesome beheadings by IS jihadists were published by the group in online videos in August and September. Syria, according to the report, .is one of the most troubled areas, The conflict in the region which is now in its fourth year has claimed the lives of 17 journalists this year. Both Foley and Sotloff mentioned earlier had both disappeared in separate incidents while covering news related to the turmoil in the area.

Anja Niedringhaus, a photographer for The Associated Press who was shot to death while covering elections in Afghanistan, has also been included among the casualties.

Six international journalists were among five reporters and two media workers killed in Ukraine this year, the first journalism-related killings CPJ has confirmed in the country since 2001.

At least five journalists were killed, three of them while covering the fight against the Islamic State group, in Iraq as the fight swept through the country’s northwest.

In total, around a quarter of journalist fatalities in 2014 involved international correspondents – roughly double the usual mortality rate, the CPJ reported. Nearly half of the journalists who lost their lives due to their jobs in 2014 did so in the Middle East, with 39 per cent of them losing their lives in combat or crossfire.

Based on this report, Syria has emerged as the most dangerous place in the world for journalists, surpassing Philippines. Iraq continues to be the deadliest.

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