A small protest against the murder and disappearance of journalists in Mexico was recently held [Rebecca Blackwell/AP]

Forty-nine journalists were killed across the world this year, according to Reporters Without Borders, the lowest death toll in 16 years.

The “historically low” number mostly died covering conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan, the Paris-based watchdog said on Tuesday, which warned: “Journalism remains a dangerous profession”.

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About 80 journalists a year have lost their lives on average over the last 20 years, said the organisation known by its French initials RSF.

But RSF’s head Christophe Deloire warned the number of journalists killed in countries supposedly at peace was still alarmingly high, with 10 dying in Mexico alone.

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