22 Dec '11, 2am

66 journalists were killed and more than 1,000 arrested this year, Reporters Without Borders says

PARIS (AFP) - Sixty-six journalists were killed and more than 1,000 arrested this year, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Thursday, naming cities in Syria, Egypt and Libya among the world's most dangerous places for the media. The press freedom group for the first time compiled the world's 10 most dangerous places for the media - ranging from the Egyptian capital Cairo, to Misrata in Libya and the Khuzdar district in Pakistan's southern Baluchistan province. RSF said a tumultuous year, which included the Arab Spring uprisings and the felling of several veteran Arab dictators, saw a 16 per cent rise compared to last year in the number of journalists arrested worldwide. 'Street protests in other countries such as Greece, Belarus, Uganda, Chile and the United States were responsible for the dramatic surge in the number of arrests, from 535 in 2010 to 1,044 in 2011,' RSF...

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