At least 81 reporters were killed in 2017, while violence and harassment against media staff remained high, according to international federation of journalists.
The International Federation of Journalists released a report about reporters lost their lives in targeted killings, car bomb attacks and crossfire incidents around the world.
The number of deaths as of Dec. 29 was the lowest in a decade, down from 93 in 2016. The largest number was killed in Mexico, but many also died in conflict zones in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
The report says, more than 250 journalists were in prison in 2017.
IFJ President Philippe Leruth said that while the drop in deaths “represents a downward trend, the levels of violence in journalism remain unacceptably high.”
He said the IFJ finds it “most disturbing that this decrease cannot be linked to any measure by governments to tackle the impunity for these crimes.”
The country with the highest number of media killings was Mexico, with 13, followed by Afghanistan and Iraq with 11 each, Syria with 10, and India with 6.