As many as 44 journalists and media workers have been killed since the beginning of 2015, a new report revealed.
According to the monthly report issued by the Defenders of Media Freedom in the Arab World Network (Sanad) six journalists were killed in September including four who were assassinated by the Islamic State in Iraq, bringing the number of journalists who have lost their lives since the beginning of this year to 44 and to 225 journalists and media workers since 2012.
The network documented the killing of 19 journalists and media workers in Iraq since the beginning of 2015 at the hands of Daesh while another journalist was assassinated in Baghdad by unknown gunmen.
According to the report, Israeli forces and Houthi rebels in Yemen committed the highest number of violations against journalists in the Arab world. The report revealed that Houthi rebels in Yemen committed 77 violations against journalists compared to 76 cases by Israeli forces.
Some 407 violations occurred in 95 incidences during September against 135 journalists. Meanwhile, 25 media organisations witnessed attacks on their offices and headquarters.
Israeli forces committed the highest number of violations against Palestinian journalists in the West Bank with 113 violations followed by Iraq with 76 violations.
Sanad is a network of civil society organisations which monitor and document violations and attacks on journalists. Its headquarters are in Amman, Jordan.