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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

India: One of the Bloodiest Countries for Journalists

India tops the list of killings of journalists in the last ten years among the countries of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) with a total of 45 deaths.

Pakistan comes next with 29, followed by 19 in Bangladesh, 16 in Sri Lanka and 13 in Afghanistan.

India also figures in the list of the Top 21 bloodiest countries over the past 10 years for killing of journalists in a survey conducted by the International News Safety Institute.

Iraq leads with 138, followed by Russia (88), Colombia (72), Philippines (55), Iran (54), India, Algeria (32), the former republic of Yugoslavia (32), Mexico (31), Pakistan, Brazil (27), the United States (21), Bangladesh, Ukraine (17), Nigeria, Peru, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka (16 each), and Afghanistan, Indonesia and Thailand (13 each). Iran's figures were swollen by one air accident in December 2005 when a military aircraft carrying news teams to cover exercises in the Gulf crashed in Tehran, killing 48 journalists and media technicians aboard.

The report ‘Killing the Messenger’ released yesterday found that 1,000 news media personnel around the world have been killed trying to report the news over the past 10 years - that's almost two deaths every week.

The survey was conducted between January 1996 and June 2006 by the International News Safety Institute (INSI) - a coalition of media organisations, press freedom groups, unions and humanitarian campaigners dedicated to the safety of journalists and media staff.


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