52 journalists killed in first eight months of 2010

The list includes journalists that lost their lives on the job or were targeted because of it.

During the first eight months of 2010, 52 journalists were killed around the world, said Alison Bethel McKenzie, interim director of the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) - the world's oldest global press freedom organisation.

The IPI data shows that Mexico led the death toll with ten fatalities, followed by Honduras with nine and Pakistan with six. The institute's list included journalists killed on the job, or targeted because of what they did for a living.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the IPI World Congress in Vienna, McKenzie said: "journalists continue to systematically lose their lives to conflict, militants, paid thugs, governments, drug dealers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous security officers, and others."

According to the IPI's region-wise data, while the Americas registered 20 deaths so far this year, Asia and Africa respectively saw 18 and 8 fatalities. Two reporters were killed in the Middle East as well as in Europe.

About 360 delegates from more than 60 countries attended the ceremony.