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The 10 Most Deadly Countries for Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released its 2011 Impunity Index – a tool that calculates unsolved journalists murders – and once again Iraq is at the top of the list, with 92 unresolved killings.

The countries found on the list are typically wrought with excessive corruption in all levels of the government and law enforcement, making covering any news there virtually impossible:

CPJ research shows that deadly, unpunished violence against journalists often leads to vast self-censorship in the rest of the press corps. From Somalia to Mexico, CPJ has found that journalists avoid sensitive topics, leave the profession, or flee their homeland to escape violent retribution.

The rest of the top ten most deadly countries for journalists:

  1. Iraq
  2. Somalia
  3. Philippines
  4. Sri Lanka
  5. Colombia
  6. Afghanistan
  7. Nepal
  8. Mexico
  9. Russia
  10. Pakistan
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