A record 72 journalists were killed worldwide because of their profession in 1994, including 58 apparently deliberate political assassinations, the Committee to Protect Journalists has reported.
The CPJ, a private group that has been investigating and responding to the deaths of reporters, photographers and editors since its establishment in 1981, said Friday that the 72 killed was the largest number it has recorded in a single year. Fourteen were killed on assignment in battle zones.
The group said Algeria was the most dangerous country for journalists in 1994 and attributed 19 deaths to Algerian fundamentalist rebels. The Armed Islamic Group has claimed responsibility for many of the killings.