Reporters Without Borders, the press freedom group said that 19 were killed in Syria alone, followed by 10 in Afghanistan, nine in Mexico and five in Iraq.
Although it was fewer than the 67 killed in 2015, the group gave a reason in decline of the ration that many journalists have fled countries that became too dangerous, especially Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan and Burundi.
It also stated that the withdrawal of reporters from these conflict-ridden countries had created news and information black holes where impunity reigns.
Eight media workers and 9 bloggers have also been killed this year.
The group said, the fall in deaths was also the result of the "terror" imposed by what it called "press freedom predators" who close media outlets arbitrarily and gag journalists .
The group said in its annual report, this led to journalists self-censoring to avoid being murdered in countries such as Mexico.
The alarming situation reflected that the glaring failure of the international initiatives aimed at protecting them, and is a death warrant for independent reporting in those areas where all possible means are used to impose censorship and propaganda, especially by fundamentalist groups in the Middle East.
The group called for incoming UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to appoint a special representative for the protection of journalists .