66 journalists killed in 2014 worldwide: RWB 

Burmese journalists wear T-shirts that say "Stop Killing Press" during a silent protest for five journalists who were jailed for 10 years on July 10, 2014.

Paris, Dec 16: At least 66 journalists were killed across the globe this year while 178 media workers were imprisoned, according to Reporters Without Borders (RWB).

While the number of journalists’ deaths fell slightly when compared to 2013 figures, the high-profile beheadings of Western and Arab reporters by militant Jihadists in the Middle East marked a gruesome escalation in the types of violence employed against the Fourth Estate.

RWB reported that 720 the number of journalists had been killed in connection with their work in the past 10 years.

“Rarely have reporters been murdered with such a barbaric sense of propaganda, shocking the entire World,” said the RWB in their annual report published on Tuesday.

The watchdog organisation also noted that the number of kidnapping cases skyrocketed dramatically in 2014 with 119 journalists reportedly being abducted, a 37% increase year-on-year.

Some 853 journalists were arrested and 1846 threatened or attacked last year, according to the RWB’s round-up of abuses against journalists in 2014.

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