Posted by: Sam Carson | 11 January, 2007

10% of Journalists Killed in Iraq

Reporters Without Borders

Iraqi journalists are being hit hard by the anarchy in Iraq caused by the Anglo-American invasion.

Since March 2003, 139 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq, at least. Two are still missing.

Alternet has an article based on numbers from Reports Without Borders: in 2006, 64 or an estimated 10% of journalists and media assistants active in Iraq were killed. 90% of these journalists were Iraqis.

Aside from the one in ten danger of being killed as a journalist in Iraq, the article also states that reporters are harrassed, often beaten and work in legal ambiguity, as no press laws have been established with the new government other than a recent one in Kurdistan.

A visit to the Reports Without Borders website also tells the following international information:

  • There is an Al Jazeera cameraman locked up in Guantanamo Bay, and is being held without charge.
  • So far in 2007 there are 138 journalists, 4 media assistants, and 59 recorded cyberdissidents in jail, all over the world.
  • 2006 is the worst year for journalistic death and violence in well over ten years.
  • The same number of journalists were killed in Iraq as the worst global total in over ten years.

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