• Fatalities and abductions plummet as security situation improves.
• Prime minister, others file lawsuits to harass media. Kurdish courts jail six journalists.
4: Journalists killed in connection to their work, the lowest tally since the war began in 2003.
Four Iraqi journalists were killed because of their work as the press continued to face great challenges and risks. Nevertheless, the death toll dropped to its lowest point since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, and, for the first time in six years, Iraq was not the world’s deadliest nation for journalists. (It was replaced by the Philippines.) No journalists or media workers were reported abducted, reflecting another steep drop from prior years.