Dangerous Jobs

2009 a Record Year for Journalist Deaths

It isn't a great time to be a journalist, and not just because the media is in a state of collapse: More journalists were killed in 2009 than in any year since the Committee to Protect Journalists started documenting attacks 18 years ago. Murders include 29 journalists massacred in the Phillippines last November in the deadliest single attack against the media on record. At least 70 journalists were killed for their reporting, including nine in Somalia, four each in Pakistan and Iraq, and three in Russia, while at least 136 reporters, editors, and photojournalists are imprisoned worldwide, the bulk of them in Iran and China.