Some Russians say a new Amnesty International assessment understates the dangers faced by those who dare to offer dissent.
Sergei Protazanov's killing in March was the latest in a series of violent attacks targeting journalists.
Since 2007, at least 13 journalists have been killed while working on stories and more than 50 have been forced to leave the country, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists and the National Union of Somali Journalists.
Security for reporters improved worldwide, but Pakistan remains one of the deadliest places for the profession in 2008.
The 'Damas de Blanco,' a group of Cuban women seeking the release of political prisoners, held a protest in front of Raúl Castro's office Monday.
Seven of the 10 bestselling dailies are in Asia, a result of rising incomes and literacy levels.