57 Reporters Killed In 2010


    A total of 57 journalists worldwide were killed this year, media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said, adding that fewer reporters are being killed in war zones while more are targeted by criminals or traffickers.
    The death toll was down 25 percent from 2009, when 76 journalists were killed in connection with their jobs. Last year’s record number of deaths was so high because of a massacre in the Philippines that saw more than two dozen journalists and their staff gunned down.
    In its annual report, the Paris-media advocacy group said organised crime groups and militias have become the biggest dangers for journalists.
    “If governments do not make every effort to punish the murderers of journalists, they become their accomplices,” Jean Francois Julliard, the group’s Secretary General, said in a statement.
    Pakistan was the deadliest country for reporters, with 11 killed. Seven journalists were killed in Mexico, seven in Iraq and four in the Philippines.
    Earlier this month, the Committee to Protect Journalists said 42 media workers were killed worldwide in 2010.
    The two groups have slightly different criteria on what kind of reporters they include in their counts, and they also differed on whether some reporters were clearly targeted because of their profession, Julliar said.