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90 Percent Of Journalists' Killers Are Never Punished, Reports CPJ

FILE - This undated file still image from video released April 7, 2011, by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H.,
FILE - This undated file still image from video released April 7, 2011, by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H., a freelance contributor for GlobalPost, in Benghazi, Libya. A Libyan government spokesman says four journalists detained since early April have completed an administrative hearing and will be released Tuesday or Wednesday.(AP Photo/GlobalPost, File)

One of the greatest impediments to press freedom around the world is impunity in the murder of journalists, according to a study released Tuesday by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Though the issue of violence against journalists has received a great deal of international attention in recent months -- namely the gruesome killings of U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State this summer -- 370 members of the press have been slain in the last 10 years.

But what's even more shocking? Ninety percent of their murderers faced no form of punishment nor arrest.

The problem is not just awareness, but a lack of real commitment to action from governments where such violence is most pervasive.

"While international attention to the issue has grown over the past decade, there has been little progress in bringing down rates of impunity," CPJ wrote. "States will have to demonstrate far more political will to implement international commitments to make an impact on the high rates of targeted violence that journalists routinely face."

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