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MORE THAN 100 JOURNALISTS KILLED SO FAR IN 2007, SAYS WAN

More than 100 journalists have been killed so far this year, their death toll looking to surpass the record level reached in 2006, says a just-launched World Association of Newspapers (WAN) report on press freedom worldwide.

So far, 106 media workers have been killed this year, 45 of them in Iraq. The next deadliest countries for journalists were Somalia, where eight died while on duty this year, and Pakistan, with seven journalists killed. The 2007 death toll is fast approaching the 110 deaths recorded last year, says WAN.

WAN's report goes region by region to explain the deteriorating press freedom situation, from journalists in Latin America being targeted for exposing corruption and drug trafficking, to harsh criminal defamation laws in Africa that are putting reporters at risk. Read the full report at: http://www.wan-press.org/article15513.html

The list of media workers killed, with details about their cases, can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/2ocato

(20 November 2007)

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