Monday, September 13, 2010

Media Watchdog: 52 Journalists Killed Through August

Media Watchdog: 52 Journalists Killed In First 8 Months Of The Year

CBS NEWS.COM, Sep 12, 2010

VIENNA (AP) – Fifty-two journalists lost their lives in the first eight months of this year because of their jobs – four fewer than during the same period of 2009, a global media watchdog said Sunday.

Mexico led the so-called Death Watch with 10 fatalities through the end of August, followed by Honduras with nine and Pakistan with six, the International Press Institute said.

“Journalists continue to systematically lose their lives to conflict, militants, paid thugs, governments, drug dealers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous security officers, and others,” the group’s interim director, Alison Bethel McKenzie, said at an IPI meeting in Vienna that has drawn more than 300 media staff from around the globe.

The Vienna-based institute’s list includes journalists killed on the job or targeted because of what they did for a living. During all of last year, 110 journalists perished due to their profession, IPI said.

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