Dec. 29 (UPI) — No less than 50 journalists have died worldwide this 12 months, in response to new knowledge — a slight decline from 2019.

Advocacy group Reporters With out Borders stated in its report that the share of journalists who died in warfare zones, like Syria and Yemen, declined to 32% of the entire quantity.

Conversely, the variety of reporters killed exterior warfare zones elevated to 68%.

The 5 deadliest nations for journalists this 12 months have been Mexico (eight deaths), Iraq (6), Afghanistan (5), Pakistan (4) and India (4). Three died within the Philippines and Honduras.

The report stated 84% of journalists who died this 12 months have been knowingly focused and intentionally killed, a 21% enhance over 2019.

Final 12 months, RWB stated 53 journalists have been killed worldwide. Virtually 1,000 have died over the previous decade.

The info famous that the variety of those that went lacking, have been detained or held hostage in 2020 remained at a traditionally excessive 387.

“[This year] has additionally seen a 35% enhance within the variety of girls journalists arbitrarily detained and a fourfold enhance in arrests of journalists throughout the first three months of COVID-19’s unfold all over the world,” the report added. “Fourteen journalists who have been arrested in reference to their protection of the pandemic are nonetheless being held.”

The Committee to Defend Journalists reported earlier this month that not less than 274 reporters worldwide have been in jail on Dec. 1, the best determine for the reason that committee began monitoring knowledge within the early 1990s.