Journalist Deaths on the Rise

Journalists around the world face death or injury on the job.  The year 2009 holds the highest record for the number of journalist killed since officials began the records 30 years ago.

The Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) is a non-profit organization founded in 1982. The CPJ works with journalists in more than 120 countries. They are there to protect journalists against violence. No matter how good their efforts are, journalists are still being killed.

Last year, 72 journalists were killed around the world. Four deaths occurred in Iraq, four deaths occurred in Pakistan and 33 deaths occurred in the Philippines, the deadliest country of 2009. The Philippines Massacre caused 21 journalist deaths. According to the CNN article “Death toll rises in Philippines Massacre” Reporters without Borders says:

“This is the deadliest single day for journalists anywhere in the world.”

The journalists murdered in this massacre were stopped at a checkpoint.

In the article “Journalist deaths hit record in 2009: report “ three-quarters of the journalists killed were targeted in retaliation for their work. Eleven journalists were killed in crossfire and seven journalists died covering dangerous assignments.

According to the CPJ, 39 journalists have already been killed so far this year. None of the deaths this year have occurred in the United Sates.

~Devon Lehr

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