‘Journalists` death toll reaches 105 in 2010’

Some 105 journalists have been killed while doing their job this year, media watchdog Press Emblem Campaign said today, describing the killing of reporters as an "epidemic with no cure".

Updated: Dec 27, 2010, 19:21 PM IST

Geneva: Some 105 journalists have been
killed while doing their job this year, media watchdog Press
Emblem Campaign said today, describing the killing of
reporters as an "epidemic with no cure".

Fewer fatalities have been reported this year compared
to 2009 when 122 journalists died, but the toll is
nevertheless higher than the 91 deaths recorded in 2008.

"The killing of journalists has become an epidemic
with no cure," noted the watchdog`s secretary-general Blaise
Lempen.

"The international community has not found solutions
to it, or put in place effective mechanisms for bringing the
perpetrators of those crimes against journalists to trial," he
said.

Mexico and Pakistan are the two most dangerous
countries for media workers this year.

Fourteen journalists were killed in Mexico`s drug war,
while another 14 fatalities were reported in Pakistan, most of
them occurring in the border areas with Afghanistan.

Over five years, some 529 journalists have been
killed, with Iraq topping the list as the most dangerous
country where more than a fifth of deaths occurred.

The media watchdog`s president, Hedayat Abdel Nabi,
pressed for action to better protect journalists.

"Let`s move together in 2011 to achieve a well
deserved bold step for journalists, 2011 could be the target
date, then or never," she said.

PTI