Journalists targeted because of their work - report

A new study by the Committee to Protect Journalists finds that, of nearly 400 journalists killed on duty in the past ten years, most were targeted because of their work.

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By  David Cass Published  June 8, 2002

The vast majority of journalists killed in the line of duty during the last decade were murdered in direct reprisal for their reporting. That's the main finding of a new report by the New York based Committee to Protect Journalists.

The report is a comprehensive analysis of journalists killed between 1992 and 2001. It draws attention to the risks that media professionals take to report the news and, according to the CPJ's executive director, it highlights a disturbing global trend.

"Journalists in many countries are working without the protection of the law and they're being murdered as a result." said CPJ executive director Ann Cooper.

Of the 389 journalists killed on the job, 298 (77 percent) were targeted because of the work they were doing. Only 20 cases were found in which those who ordered the murder have been arrested and prosecuted.

The single most dangerous year was 1994, when 66 journalists were killed. Most of the deaths occurred in Algeria, Rwanda and Bosnia.

Of the 50 cameramen and photographers killed during the survey period, most were victims of war. Forty nine radio reporters were also killer, many in isolated parts of the world. These deaths made up more than a quarter of the total.

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