95 journalists killed on duty in 2008

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Geneva, Dec 16: Geneva based press rights group Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) said on Monday, Dec 15 that nearly 100 journalists were killed doing their job during 2008. The number is less compared to previous year due to security improvements in Iraq.

PEC in its annual report said that 95 journalists were killed in 32 different countries in the past twelve months, down from a record 110 in 2007. Iraq continue to be the most dangerous country in the world for reporters with 15 deaths, down from 50 in 2007. Gen. Blaise Lempen, PEC Secretary said, "Unfortunately, the situation deteriorated in other countries, which is a very worrying development."

Mexico stands second of the unsafe countries. The country has seen a wave of drug-related violence and nine journalists lost their lives there this year, up from three in 2007. Pakistan saw a marked deterioration in the unruly tribal zones near the border with Afghanistan. Eight journalists were killed there in 2008, up from five in 2007.

PEC members also expressed concern at the growing numbers of journalists kidnapped while doing their work, especially in Afghanistan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Gaza and Mexico.

OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)



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