The Middle East remains the world's most dangerous place for reporters, according to a leading journalism organization.

In a year-end report released Monday, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says at least 70 reporters were killed in connection with their work during 2013, down slightly from 74 the previous year. Two-thirds of this year's deaths occurred in the Middle East.

The single most dangerous country was Syria, where at least 29 journalists died while trying to cover a civil war that has raged since 2011. CPJ says about 60 other journalists were kidnapped in the country during the year, half of whom are still missing.