150 journalists killed worldwide in 2005
SYDNEY, January 23 2006: A total of 150 journalists were killed last year in wars, assassinations, natural disasters and accidents while on duty, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said on Monday January 23.
The year was the worst on record for an increasingly dangerous profession, the IFJ said in a statement released here to accompany its annual report for 2005.
Of the total, 89 were killed “in the line of duty” many singled out for assassination by killers working for political extremists, paramilitary forces or criminals.
The other 61 died when disaster struck while on assignment 48 of them in a military plane crash in Iran, and three in the massive earthquake that struck South Asia.War-torn Iraq accounted for the deaths of 35 journalists.
The Philippines was the second most dangerous country in the world for media workers, accounting for 10 of the total of 36 deaths in the Asia-Pacific region.
In South Asia, journalists were killed in Afghanistan (2), Bangladesh (3), India (3), Pakistan (6), Sri Lanka (4) and Nepal (2).
Source: The News