Over 50 journalists murdered in 2010! What?


Yes! Can you believe that 57, yes, (FIFTY-SEVEN) journalists worldwide were killed this year.

Media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said that fewer reporters are being killed in war zones while more are targeted by criminals or traffickers.

The death toll was actually down 25 percent from 2009. In 2009…76 journalists were killed in connection with their jobs. Last year’s record number of deaths was so high because of a massacre in the Philippines that saw more than 24 journalists and their staff murdered…gunned down…in cold blood.

In its annual report, the Paris-media advocacy group said that organized crime groups and militias are the biggest dangers for journalists at this time.

“If governments do not make every effort to punish the murderers of journalists, they become their accomplices,” Jean-Francois Julliard, the group’s secretary general, said.

Pakistan was the deadliest country for reporters, with 11 killed. Seven journalists were killed in Mexico, seven in Iraq and four in the Philippines.

Earlier this month the Committee to Protect Journalists said 42 media workers were killed worldwide in 2010.

The two groups have slightly different criteria on what kind of reporters they include in their counts, and they also differed on whether some reporters were clearly targeted because of their profession, Julliard said.

Reporters Without Borders said 2010 also brought a sharp increase in abductions of journalists.

A total of 51 reporters were kidnapped in 2010, up from 33 in 2009, Reporters Without Borders said. Two French TV journalists, Herve Ghesquiere and Stephane Taponier, as well as their three Afghan assistants, have been held hostage in Afghanistan for more than a year.

“Journalists are seen less and less as outside observers. Their neutrality and the nature of their work are no longer respected.”

What a shame.

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