Asia Deadlier than Middle East for Media in 2008, SAYS IPI

21 12 2009

URL: http://www.freemedia.at/WPFR_2008.pdf. Source: IFEX.

Asia replaced the Middle East as the deadliest region for journalists last year, with 26 reporters, photographers and editors losing their lives in retaliation for their work or in civil conflicts, according to the International Press Institute (IPI)’s annual World Press Freedom Review. Though more journalists were killed in Iraq than in any other country in
2008 for the sixth year in a row, Pakistan became the second deadliest place for journalists, says IPI, pointing to its chaotic politics and conflict along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The annual report by IPI, which this year focuses on Asia, also shows that in many cases where journalists are murdered, the crimes are often never prosecuted. This year’s edition includes individual reports detailing press freedom developments in 30 Asian countries, as well as interviews and essays from local journalists.

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