'07 a Deadly Year for Journalists

Number of reporters killed nears record
By Marcia Greenwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2007 5:20 AM CST
Somalia has proved to be the second most dangerous place for journalists to cover in 2007.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – This year has been the deadliest for journalists in more than a decade, reports AP.  A media watchdog group said yesterday that 64 journalists in 17 countries have died while covering the news. Most of the deaths—31—occurred in Iraq, which leads the list for the fifth year. "Working as a journalist in Iraq remains one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet," said a spokesman for the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Seven journalists died in Somalia. Pakistan and Sri Lanka each recorded five deaths. The total figure is two short of the record of 66 set in 1994 when conflicts raged in Algeria, Bosnia and Rwanda. The watchdog group is still investigating 22 other journalist deaths from 2007 to determine whether they were work-related.