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Published: September 6, 2012

At least 70 journalists and support staff were killed covering the news in the first half of this year in one of the bloodiest periods of recent times, according to the biannual Killing The Messenger survey of news media casualties, carried out for the International News Safety Institute (INSI) by Cardiff School of Journalism.

Fifteen were confirmed dead in Syria alone between January and June. The next worst countries statistically were Nigeria, Brazil, Somalia, Indonesia and Mexico.

“This report shows that the issue of media safety is as paramount as ever,” responds Pilgrims Director of Operations, David Freear. “You won’t always have someone there to protect you and training is the key to being prepared.”

“Don’t be complacent,” warns Freear. “Just because you completed hostile environment training several years ago does not mean you are equipped to cope with current dangers. Refresher training should be regularly undertaken to maintain its effectiveness - and your safety.”

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