A total of 137 journalists and media employees were killed on the job in 2009, according to the International Federation of Journalists based in Belgium. ‘‘Targeted killings’’ accounted for 113 of the deaths, and the rest stemmed from accidents, the press group reported last week. ...
The organization counts photographers, interpreters, drivers and other news personnel killed at work, as well as reporters. The Philippines was most deadly, with 38 killed, followed by Mexico, 13; Somalia, nine; Pakistan, seven; Russia, six; and Iraq, five.
Meanwhile, Reporters Without Borders, based in Paris, reported that 573 journalists were arrested in 2009, 33 were kidnapped, 1,456 were physically assaulted and 157 had to flee their countries to escape death.
Actually, 2009 was somewhat safer— compared to 2007, when 175 journalists died on the job. Iraq previously was the most dangerous news zone, with many correspondents afraid to leave guarded compounds in Baghdad, relying on native sources to bring them news.
Some tyrannical governments jail any reporter who makes leaders look bad. The Committee to Protect Journalists reported last week: ‘‘As the year comes to a close ... China, Iran and Cuba recorded the highest number of journalists in prison, with more than 20 in each country. Eritrea followed close behind with 19.’’
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(Distributed) The Associated Press