At least 60 reporters were killed working around the world in 2014, marking another deadly year for media professionals, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its annual report.
While the total number of reporters killed was down from last year's figure of 70, the watchdog group found 2014 to be particularly deadly for international journalists and correspondents, whose work often took them to volatile conflict zones.
In that vein, Syria proved to be the deadliest nation for journalists, with 17 killed in the country's civil war this year. Five other reporters were killed covering the conflict in Ukraine.
However, the overwhelming majority of journalists killed were local reporters, targeted for reporting on corruption or crime, or simply caught in the cross fire of chaotic events. Pakistan, which has long been dangerous for local media, saw another three deaths in 2014, while two Indian reporters lost their lives.
Central and South America also proved dangerous, with three journalists killed in Paraguay, two in Brazil, and two in Mexico.
At least one reporter, Facely Camara, was found killed in Guinea while covering the Ebola outbreak, which some locals had blamed on foreign doctors and reporters.
CPJ, a New York-based group, said it is investigating the deaths of 18 other reporters to determine if they were work-related.