As many as 20 Iraqi journalists were killed this year, bringing the total number of journalists killed since the US occupation of Iraq in 2003 to 455, a new report has found.
The Iraqi Journalists Syndicate said in a report posted on its website that a majority of the victims were killed by Daesh mainly in the Nineveh province in the north of the country.
The report pointed to the significant risks faced by journalists in Iraq, and said that “journalists also face threats of murder as an attempt to prevent the fourth power from carrying out its role and investigation.”
“Journalistic work is dangerous in Iraq and there is no law to save the life of journalists from threats and dangers,” the syndicate added.
Iraq has been one of the most dangerous countries for journalists since the US invasion in 2003 and the security chaos which ensued.