A record number of journalists were killed last year, and even more were arrested or imprisoned, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. In a report released today, the group names 70 journalists killed specifically for their reporting, a number exacerbated by the massacre of 29 journalists in a single incident in the Philippines, the worst media massacre ever recorded.
Of the 70, nine died in Somalia, four in Iraq, four in Pakistan and three in Russia. The AP notes another 24 journalists were killed in cases where the motive couldn’t be confirmed. The number jailed increased as well, with a total of 136 reporters imprisoned. China and Iran were the worst perpetrators, currently holding at least 24 and 23 writers, respectively; Iran arrested a whopping 90 over the course of the year amidst its post-election crackdown. (Read more Iran stories.)