NEW YORK - Pakistan was the worlds deadliest country for the press in 2010 with eight journalists killed in connection with their work out of the worldwide death toll of 44, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. Iraq with five killings, followed by Honduras, Mexico and Indonesia with three killings each, also ranked high for journalism-related fatalities, CPJs analysis found. The worldwide toll reflects a notable drop from 2009, when a massacre in the Philippines drove the number of work-related deaths to a record 72. CPJ is investigating the deaths of another 31 journalists who died in unclear circumstances in 2010. CPJ released its preliminary findings for 2010 on December 15. Since then, CPJ confirmed the killings of two additional journalists, in Indonesia and Iraq. Murder was the leading cause of work-related deaths in 2010, as it has been in past years. But deaths in combat-related crossfire and in dangerous assignments such as street protests constituted about 40 per cent of the 2010 toll, a larger portion than usual. CPJ has compiled detailed records on journalist fatalities since 1992, a press release said. CPJ staff members independently investigate and verify the circumstances behind each death. CPJ considers a case work-related only when reasonably certain that a journalist was killed in direct reprisal for his or her work; in crossfire; or while carrying out a dangerous assignment. Cases involving unclear motives, but with a potential link to journalism, are classified as unconfirmed and CPJ continues to investigate.