August 24, 2012 Leave a comment
• INSI has recorded the deaths of 86 journalists and media staff so far this year, with a further 31 cases under investigation.
The relentless clashes in war-torn Syria make it the deadliest country for journalists and media workers – at least 22 news media casualties have been recorded in 2012. Many more have been injured, detained and threatened. The death toll is more than double that of the entire war in Libya last year.
This week Mika Yamamoto, an award-winning journalist for The Japan Press, was gunned down while travelling with the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo. She is the first Japanese national to be killed in the 17 month conflict, and the first Japanese female correspondent killed in conflict since INSI began keeping records 10 years ago.