At least 63 professional journalists around the world were killed doing their jobs in 2018, according to Reporters Without Borders [RSF], marking a 15 percent increase from last year and bringing violence against journalists to unprecedented levels. The death toll rises to 80 when all media workers and citizen journalists are included. “The hatred of journalists that is voiced... by unscrupulous politicians, religious leaders, and businessmen has tragic consequences on the ground, and has been reflected in this disturbing increase in violations against journalists,” RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire said. The group said the three most dangerous countries for journalists to work in were Afghanistan, Syria, and Mexico—but the shooting of five employees of Annapolis, Maryland’s Capital Gazette propelled the U.S. up the rankings. The most high-profile journalist death in 2018 was that of Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who wrote for The Washington Post, who was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
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