Khashoggi murder: Saudi Arabia modifies intelligence service

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"A number of prominent news executives, including from The New York Times, have said that the president's words put the physical safety of journalists at risk". Khashoggi was one of 53 journalists killed between January 1 and December 14, 2018, the committee said.

In addition to retaliation killings, media workers have died in armed conflicts or on unsafe reporting assignments.

CPJ reports journalist retaliation murders, journalists killed in combat or crossfire, and journalists killed on unsafe assignments.

Almost 40% of those put to death in 2018 were convicted of drugs offences, and 77% of these were foreigners, who also made up half the number of people put to death. The 34 journalists murdered this year compares with 18 murders in 2017. Ten other journalists' deaths in 2018 were not included in the total, because they are still under investigation.

There are also some journalists who are being detained even after the court ordered them to be set free.

Between June 2017 and March 2018, the number of executions in Saudi Arabia reached 133, nearly twice as many as the 67 recorded in the eight months prior to the rise of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Turkey remains the worst offender, CPJ reported.

CPJ said it was investigating the killing of another 23 journalists in 2018, but so far not confirmed that the deaths were related to their work.

Afghanistan is 2018's deadliest country for journalists.

The six Americans were among 80 journalists killed worldwide in what RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire called a critical situation for journalists around the globe. Sixty-three professional journalists were killed, and 49 of those deaths were targeted murders, according to the report.

Afghanistan was the most risky country for journalists, with 15 killed including AFP's Shah Marai, followed by Syria with 11 deaths and Mexico with nine.

U.S. President Donald Trump has condemned the violence against journalists.

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The CPJ also noted the deaths of four reporters at the Capital Gazette newspaper in the U.S. state of Maryland. Gunman Jarrod Ramos shot and killed four journalists and one Capital Gazette employee.

The United States is officially now among the deadliest countries for journalists, according to an annual report now out from Reporters Without Borders.

Only five USA journalists were killed between 2000 and 2017 in connection to their work, according to CPJ records. Another two died while covering extreme weather.

Reprieve's report underlined that Saudi Arabia came under global focus following the murder in October of journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, adding that at least 54 people are facing death sentences for opposing the government. The murders of Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul and the young Slovak data journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend "highlighted the lengths to which press freedom's enemies are prepared to go", he said.

Various reports have verified that some on the team were drawn from among the personal bodyguards of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, whom Khashoggi would repeatedly criticize before his murder. Turkish officials claim he was attacked and killed inside the consulate.

"The double suicide bombings in Afghanistan ... demonstrate just how ruthless the Taliban are in wanting to dominate and intimidate independent media", CPJ told TheDCNF.

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