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Pakistan is 'the most dangerous country for journalists'

Pakistan tops table of journalists killed, but the number has declined dramatically from last year.

Pakistan has become the most dangerous country for journalists, with at least eight killed this year, according to a study by the US-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists.

According to the study, number of journalists killed in Pakistan has doubled in 2010 compared to that in 2009.

On the other hand, the total number of journalists killed has in fact come down from 72 in 2009 to 42 so far this year.

CPJ said six of the eight deaths in Pakistan are due to suicide attacks or cross-fire during militant strikes.

"The deaths of at least eight journalists in Pakistan are a symptom of the pervasive violence that grips the country, much of it spilling over from neighbouring Afghanistan," Joel Simon, the group's executive director, said in a statement.

The report stated that Iraq was the second deadliest country for journalists this year, with four deaths, followed by Honduras and Mexico with three each.

Simon added that 42 deaths worldwide is still unacceptably high and is reflective of the pervasive violence journalists confront around the world.