March 31, 2006 · Posted in: In the News, Media

2005 ‘horrific’ year for media

2005 was “a horrific year” for journalists attempting to report on conflict, corruption and other illegal activities, with 65 of them getting killed in the line of duty, the International Press Institute (IPI) said in a report.

The media watchdog, in its World Press Freedom Review for 2005 released in Vienna yesterday said, “in virtually every region of the world the media are engaged in a struggle to uphold their fundamental right to report news.”

Iraq remains the world’s most dangerous country for the media, the report said, with 23 journalists killed last year.

The Philippines was listed as the most hazardous country outside of a conflict zone, with nine murdered journalists. (The local group, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility however, lists only seven for the year. The other two, said CMFR, were not killed in the line of duty.)

Aside from Iraq and the Philippines, the IPI said, journalists died in 20 other countries.

Read the IPI statement here and the full report here. IPI also keeps a Death Watch. IPI is a global network of editors, media executives and journalists, working to safeguard press freedom, promote the free flow of information, and improve journalism practices.

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