70 journalists killed in first half of 2012

70 journalists were killed in the first half of 2012 in what has been called “one of the bloodiest periods of recent times".

Mourners throw flowers into the grave of journalist (Image: Getty)

At least 70 journalists and support staff were killed in the first half of 2012, according to research carried out by Cardiff School of Journalism, in what has been dubbed “one of the bloodiest periods of recent times”.

Fifteen were confirmed dead in Syria alone between January and June – including Sunday Times foreign correspondent Marie Colvin – according to the biannual “Killing The Messenger” survey of news media casualties, carried out on behalf of the International News Safety Institute.

After Syria the worst countries were Nigeria, where seven unidentified newspaper staff were killed by a bomb, Brazil, Somalia, Indonesia, where five journalists died in a plane crash, and Mexico.

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