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At least 81 journalists killed in 2017: report

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81 journalists killed in 2017

At least 81 reporters were killed doing their jobs in 2017, as harassment and attacks on journalists have been on the rise, according to the International Federation of Journalists.

Although the number of deaths are slightly down from last year's total of 93, the IFJ cautioned that an unprecedented number of journalists were jailed in 2017, with more than 250 still in prison.

"Self-censorship was widespread and ... impunity for the killings, harassment, attacks and threats against independent journalism was running at epidemic levels," the Belgium-based organisation said in its annual report, released on Sunday.

Reporters lost their lives in targeted killings, car bombings and crossfire incidents around the world, the IFJ said, although the loss of ground by armed groups reduced journalists' exposure to the front lines in some combat zones.

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