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At least 48 journalists were killed in the line of duty this year, a decline from a record-high 72 killed in 2015, according to a Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) report released Monday.
 
The report said a majority of journalists killed in 2016 died in combat or crossfire for the first time since the committee began keeping records.
 
For the fifth consecutive year, Syria was the deadliest country for journalists to work in, resulting in 14 deaths this year. The total number of journalist deaths since the conflict began there stands at 107. 
 
{mosads}Overall, 26 reporters died while covering conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan and Somalia. 
 
The CPJ found that photographer and camera operator were the most dangerous occupations. 
 
The committee also found that “political groups, including Islamist militant organizations, were responsible for more than half of the killings of journalists this year.”
 
The CPJ created a database documenting all journalists killed in the line of duty in 1992. The overall death toll since that time is 1,229. 
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