Rise in number of journalists killed

The number of journalists killed last year rose by more than a third compared to the year 2000, according to a new report.

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By  Philip Fenton Published  April 7, 2002

The number of journalists killed last year rose by more than a third compared to the year 2000, according to a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The survey found that 37 reporters were killed as a direct result of their work, a large increase on the 24 that died in 2000.

“The September 11 attacks and subsequent ‘war on terror’ precipitated a press freedom crisis that was global in scope,” said the group’s annual survey into press freedom.

Eight journalists were killed whilst covering the US-led military campaign in Afghanistan.

The majority of the journalists, however, were murdered in reprisal for their reporting activities in countries such as China, Thailand and Bangladesh.

The number of journalists imprisoned also rose, from 81 in 2000 to 118, the first increase in four years.

China retained the dubious honour of jailing the most journalists, arresting a further eight to bring the total behind bars to 35.

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