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Report: Syria Most Deadly For Journalists, While Turkey No. 1 Jailer

Turkish journalists hold placards with images of Bunyamin Aygun, a photographer working for Istanbul daily "Milliyet," who was abducted in Syria  by armed opposition groups, during a protest in Ankara on December 23, 2013.
Turkish journalists hold placards with images of Bunyamin Aygun, a photographer working for Istanbul daily "Milliyet," who was abducted in Syria by armed opposition groups, during a protest in Ankara on December 23, 2013.
By RFE/RL
In a new report, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says that Syria is the deadliest country for reporters to work in, while Turkey is the world's No. 1 jailer of journalists, with 40 behind bars.

In its annual "Attacks on the Press" report, released on February 12, the press-freedom advocacy group said 70 journalists were killed and 211 imprisoned in 2013.

The CPJ said that Russia had gotten progressively more repressive for journalists over the past year.

Nina Ognianova, CPJ's Europe and Central Asia coordinator, said that "the current climate for freedom of press and freedom of expression...has not been as repressive since the collapse of the Soviet Union."

The CPJ said that Egypt experienced the greatest deterioration in press freedom in 2013, while in Iraq, 10 journalists were killed in the last quarter of 2013, compared to none in 2012.

With reporting by AP

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