88 Journalists Killed in '07, Group Says; Deaths Increasing Worldwide
Byline: Svitlana Korenovska, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The Committee to Protect Journalists yesterday declared that 2007 was the deadliest year for the press in more than a decade, with a total of 88 reporters and editors killed worldwide.
In its annual report, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said 65 deaths were connected to journalism work while the other 23 are still under investigation.
Not all of the journalists who were killed in the line of duty were covering wars. Many were slain for their professional work in countries where weak laws failed to protect them, the report said.
"Journalists face a wide range of threats and risks for their reporting today. More and more, we are documenting cases of journalists being targeted and attacked in retaliation for reporting on sensitive issues like corruption and crime," said Abi Wright, CPJ communications director.
"Another trend we have been tracking is the use of vague anti-state laws to jail journalists who write critically about governments in places like China and Cuba," she said.
According to CPJ records, about 17 percent of the jailed journalists were held in prison without any charges and 57 percent were charged with "acting against national interests."
In Russia, the report says, certain laws are enforced to criminalize journalism. Thus any alternative to the government point of view is defined as "extremism" and critical reports on public officials is a "criminal offense."
China has imprisoned the most journalists, with 29 jailed, the report says. …