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Reporters Without Borders says 56 journalists killed over professional activities in 2018

Reporters Without Borders says 56 journalists killed over professional activities in 2018

Paris, 11 October 2018 (MIA) - The Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontiers, or RSF) said on Thursday that 56 journalists had been killed over their professional activities in the first nine months o 2018 and called on the United Nations to create the post of special representative of the UN secretary-general in charge of the journalists' security.

"More professional journalists were killed worldwide in connection with their work in the first nine months of 2018 than in all of 2017, according to the tally kept by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). This year's total already stood at 56 on 1 October, as against 55 for all of last year," RSF said in a statement.

The organization pointed out that just over half of the killed journalists had died in war zones.

"The alarming number of deaths is a reminder of the urgent need to provide journalists with more protection. RSF is calling for the creation of a Special Representative of the United Nations secretary-general. Our initiative is backed by a growing number of governments, and by 130 media outlets, organizations and journalists' unions around the world," RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire said, as quoted in the statement.

According to RSF, 13 journalists in Afghanistan, five in Yemen, three in the Central African Republic, and two in Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, and Syria each are among the total number of reporters who have died so far this year. sk/16:33

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