NEW YORK Amid a rash of suicide attacks, Pakistan became the worlds deadliest country for the press in 2010, with at least eight journalists killed there in connection with their work, constituting a significant portion of the worldwide death toll, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in its year-end report. At least 42 journalists were killed around the world in 2010, with Iraq, Mexico, and Honduras also ranking high for journalism-related fatalities, CPJs report found. Six of the eight fatalities in Pakistan were caused by suicide attacks or crossfire during militant strikes. Suicide attacks were a scourge for the Pakistani press throughout the year. More than two dozen other Pakistani journalists were injured in such attacks in 2010, CPJ research shows. The deaths of at least eight journalists in Pakistan are a symptom of the pervasive violence that grips the country, much of it spilling over from neighbouring Afghanistan, said CPJs Simon. For many years, journalists in Pakistan have been murdered by militants and abducted by the government. But with the rise in suicide attacks, the greatest risk is simply covering the news. Journalists must put their lives on the line to cover a political rally, a street demonstration, or virtually any major public event. This is a deeply troubling and frankly untenable situation. The worldwide toll reflects a notable drop from 2009, when a massacre in the Philippine province of Maguindanao drove the number of work-related deaths to a record 72. CPJ is investigating 28 other deaths in 2010 to determine whether they were work-related. Murder was the leading cause of work-related deaths in 2010, as it has been in past years. But murders composed about 60 per cent of deaths in 2010, lower than the rate of 72 per cent seen over the past two decades. Deaths in combat-related crossfire and in dangerous assignments such as street protests constituted a larger portion of the 2010 toll than usual. Suicide bombings and crossfire in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand, and Somalia accounted for the unusually high proportion. While Pakistan moved to the forefront of dangerous conflict zones, journalists continue to be killed in Iraq, Somalia, and Afghanistan. Deaths in Iraq, after plummeting in 2008, appear to have levelled off amid persistent insecurity. Four Iraqi journalists were killed during the year, the same number as died in 2009. More than 20 journalists had been killed in Iraq in each year from 2004 to 2007, a rate unprecedented in CPJ history.