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An international media freedom organization says at least 63 professional journalists have been killed worldwide this year while doing their jobs. They include Saudi Arabian columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, RSF, says the figure is from January first to December first, 2018. The number killed this year is eight more than last year.
Afghanistan had the most deaths with 15, followed by 11 in Syria, nine in Mexico and eight in Yemen.
The report says that in a majority of the cases, journalists were deliberately targeted.
It cites the killing in October of Khashoggi in Turkey. He had written articles critical of the Saudi government.
Four reporters at US newspaper the Capital Gazette in Maryland were killed by a gunman who did not like its reporting and opened fire in its office.
The RSF also says a total of 348 journalists are being detained worldwide, including two who were covering the persecution of ethnic minorities in Myanmar.
The media group says the hatred of journalists voiced by politicians and others has tragic consequences on the ground. It expressed serious concern over words justifying violence that threaten journalism and democracy.