Killings of journalists in reprisal for work doubled in 2018

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Media rights group Reporters Without Borders noted that the United States made it into the top five deadliest countries for journalists this year for the very first time.

The Paris-based group, also known by its French acronym RSF, said 63 journalists died in relation to their jobs from January 1 to December 1, 2018, compared to 55 in 2017, as well as four media workers.

"The US government recently said that it believes Austin Tice, an American journalist who was kidnapped near Damascus in 2012, is still alive and that it is doing everything possible to bring him back to the US as soon as possible", the report said.

In addition to retaliation killings, journalists have died in combat or crossfire, or on other risky assignments. The numbers reflect a near 50 percent increase from the 18 retaliation killings and 48 total journalist deaths in 2017, The AP reported Wednesday.

The committee also said the imprisonment of journalists has been on the rise.

The RSF specially mentions: Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing inside the Consulate of Istanbul was considered murdered and the Slovak investigative reporter, Ján Kuciak, who was shot dead in his home and many others.

Media freedom group Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday it has recorded an increase in the number of journalists killed and imprisoned worldwide so far this year. Crown Jewel was surrounded by controversy and calls to cancel the event due to the state-sponsored murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia denies Prince Mohammed was involved, but the kingdom did acknowledge after global pressure that the plot was masterminded by Saudi agents close to the prince.

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"Our community has rallied around us to show they understand who we are, and that we are not the enemy of the people", it continued.

The U.S. ranked among the most lethal countries for journalists, behind Afghanistan, Syria, Mexico, Yemen and India, in that order. The deadliest country for journalists in 2018 has been Afghanistan, where 13 journalists were killed, the report said.

In total 80 journalists were killed this year across the world and mostly in China and Afghanistan.

Journalists detained for their work include Reuters journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone, who investigated a massacre of Rohingya men in Myanmar, were charged with violating the country's Official Secrets Act and have been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Sixty-two percent of the journalists killed covered politics, which the report deemed the most risky beat.

"Non-professional journalists play a fundamental role in the production of news and information in countries with oppressive regimes and countries at war, where it is hard for professional journalists to operate", RSF said in a report.

Proclaiming the United States has become one of the five most risky nations in the world for reporters based on the six deaths RSF presented is clickbait, not insightful analysis.

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