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Journalists Fleeing Foreign Countries in Record Numbers

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Journalists Fleeing Foreign Countries in Record Numbers

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Journalists were forced into exile at record levels during the last 12 months, with at least 82 news people leaving their native countries "under threat or harassment," according to a survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The study, released Wednesday, revealed that more than half of those journalists fled Iraq and Somalia. "The rate of journalists going into exile--about seven per month--is double the average that CPJ has recorded since it began compiling such data in 2001," the survey said. "The majority fled after being assaulted, threatened with violence, or threatened with death." The report adds that: "The exodus of reporters from Iraq and Somalia has thinned the reporting ranks in two important conflict zones. Kidnappings and death threats drove out at least 22 Iraqi journalists in the last 12 months, CPJ found." The report also revealed that 21 Somali journalists went into exile.

Of the 82 journalists forced to flee, only 12 have returned to their original homes, the study revealed. …

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