Seventy journalists killed in 2012: CPJ

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has described 2012 as "a sad year … for press freedom" with 70 journalists killed.

Presenting the organization's annual report on Thursday, the Deputy Director of the CPJ Rob Mahoney said 2012 was the worst year for the imprisonment of journalists.

He said at least 232 journalists were in jail, 53 more than in the previous year and the worst since the CPJ began compiling statistics.

"It's a sad year really for press freedom because this is one of the worst years in the history of CPJ for attacks on the press. In fact the numbers of journalists who are behind bars and the number of journalists who have been killed in 2012 is a record for us. From Mexico to Syria, Russia to Pakistan, journalists are on the frontlines confronting violence and repression as never before. There are media blackouts and limited access to war zones and conflict zones. These have become common along with uninvestigated killings of journalists."

He said one trend that is emerging in some countries is a high murder rate and entrenched impunity in the killing of journalists and the use of restrictive laws to silent dissent.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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