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Unrest in Middle East leads to spike in journalist deaths
First Published Mar 25 2014 10:53 am • Last Updated Mar 25 2014 10:53 am

Paris • The UN body monitoring press freedoms says instabilities associated with the Arab Spring has contributed to a spike in the number of journalists killed in recent years.

In a report published Tuesday, UNESCO says 430 journalists were killed between 2007 and 2012. In 2012, UNESCO says 121 were killed, over double the 59 that died in 2007.

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According to the report, "uprisings in part of the Arab region" were behind a rise in killings in conflict-zones and that Syria, which has been ravaged by a civil war since 2011, is the most dangerous place to work.

UNESCO describes the killing of journalists as "the ultimate form of censorship."

A recent report from Reporters Without Borders says fewer journalists were killed in 2013 than the year before, but more were kidnapped.

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