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CPJ report shows worldwide total of work-related deaths of journalists is down

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 5 January 2009 CPJ press release:

Remembering Journalists Slain in 2008

Iraq, South Asia, Caucasus push 2008 toll to 41

New York, January 5, 2009 - High numbers of journalists were killed in Iraq, South Asia, and the Caucasus in the past 12 months, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today in releasing its final year-end report showing 41 work-related deaths in 2008. CPJ's Joel Simon, Robert Mahoney, and Nina Ognianova remember those journalists who died because of their work in a new video, now online at http://www.cpj.org .

CPJ, founded in 1981, compiles and analyzes journalist deaths each year. For the sixth straight year, Iraq was the world's deadliest country for the press, although the 11 deaths there represented a sharp decline from 2007. The worldwide toll is also down from 2007, when 65 journalists were killed amid the conflict in Iraq and continued lawlessness in Somalia.

Another 22 journalists died in unclear circumstances in 2008; CPJ continues to investigate those deaths to determine whether they were work-related. A list of journalists killed for their work in 2008, with reporting on each case, is available online. Also online are capsules for the cases that CPJ is still investigating, and capsules for media worker deaths.

CPJ released its preliminary findings on December 18. The final number is unchanged from that report.

CPJ is a New York-based, independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.cpj.org .

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