With two weeks left in 2012, the year has already made its mark as one of the worst years ever recorded for journalist deaths. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) annual report on media professionals killed while working, 67 have died this year; the third highest number since the study began in 1992. The worst year for journalist deaths was 2009, when 74 were killed.

The CPJ says that the high number of deaths — a 42 percent increase compared to 2011 — is directly related to violence in four countries: Syria, Somalia, Pakistan and Brazil. Syria was by far the deadliest assignment for journalists, as 28 were killed while working there. Somalia was the second worst with 12 deaths, followed by Pakistan with seven and Brazil with four.

The one bright spot to emerge from the CPJ’s report was that for the first time since 2003, no journalist deaths occurred in Iraq. But as we said, there are still two weeks left in the year.