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10 Deadliest Countries for Journos

The Committee to Protect Journalists has ranked the deadliest places for journalists to work. The CPJ’s Impunity Index “identifies countries where journalists are murdered regularly and governments fail to solve the crimes.” Iraq leads the list, with 92 unsolved cases — three times worse than any other country.

1. Iraq
2. Somalia
3. Philippines
4. Sri Lanka
5. Colombia
6. Afghanistan
7. Nepal
8. Mexico
9. Russia
10. Pakistan

Source: CPJ

NYT Journalists Recount Captivity In Libya

If you haven’t read it already, the four New York Times journalists, Anthony Shadid, Lynsey Addario, Stephen Farrell and Tyler Hicks, who were abducted in Libya, held for six days and released yesterday, have written an account of their time in captivity. The piece recounts their at times brutal treatment at the hands of Col. Qaddafi’s loyalist forces.

A half-hour later, we arrived on what we thought were the outskirts of the other side of Ajdabiya. A man whom soldiers called the sheik questioned us, then began taunting Tyler. “You have a beautiful head,” he told Tyler in a mix of English and Arabic. “I’m going to remove it and put it on mine. I’m going to cut it off.” Tyler, feeling queasy, asked to sit down.

Sadly, they believe their driver, Mohammed, died as a result of their capture.

If he died, we will have to bear the burden for the rest of our lives that an innocent man died because of us, because of wrong choices that we made, for an article that was never worth dying for.

It does make you think of the cost involved in covering stories like this and if it’s worth it. All four journalists said they’d had scary run-ins or close calls before. Despite the whole maybe-my-nine-lives-are-running-out thing, I’m willing to bet this will not deter them from covering future conflicts, though.

Source: New York Times

52 Journalists Died At Work This Year

The International Press Institute has released some sobering numbers: In 2010 so far, 52 journalists have died while on the job or targeted because of their job. And while you’d think the Middle East would lead the list because of the various wars, it’s actually at the bottom, with only two deaths.

The fatalities list is as follows:
– The Americas: 20
– Asia: 18
– Africa: 8
– Middle East: 2
– Europe: 2

“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.”

Article from AP

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