At least seventy journalists and staff were killed on the job in the first half of 2012, according to a new report by the International News Safety Institute.
The organization, which is dedicated to the safety of the media, released the results of its Killing The Messenger survey on Wednesday. The first half of 2012 proved especially bloody for members of the press. In comparison, 56 journalists were killed during the same period last year.
"Journalists are more than ever in the cross-hairs of the enemies of freedom," said INSI director Rodney Pinder.
The war in Syria proved notably deadly, claiming fifteen journalists between January and June. Nigeria, Brazil, Somalia, Indonesia and Mexico also saw media casualties. The survey noted that the majority of killings occurred in countries at peace, often at the hands of criminals.