200 media employees killed in Iraq since 2003

At least 200 journalists and media workers have been killed in Iraq since the March 2003 US-led invasion of the country, Paris-based watchdog Reporters Without Borders said in a statement on Friday.

200 media employees killed in Iraq since 2003

At least 200 journalists and media workers have been killed in Iraq since the March 2003 US-led invasion of the country, Paris-based watchdog Reporters Without Borders said in a statement on Friday.


The murder this week of Anwar Abbas Lafta, an interpreter working for the US network CBS, brought the toll of media employees killed in Iraq to 200, the statement said.

Lafta's body was found on Monday five days after he was abducted in Baghdad.

At least 49 journalists and media workers have been killed since the start of 2007, the organisation said.

It said 73 percent of journalists killed were directly targeted.

'This is much higher than in previous wars, in which journalists were above all the victims of collateral damage and stray bullets,' the watchdog said.

'Most of the 200 media fatalities have taken place in Baghdad (110 cases) or near the capital (34 cases). Another 45 cases have taken place in the north of the country, above all in the cities of Mosul and Kirkuk,' it said.

More journalists have also been taken hostage in Iraq than anywhere else in the world, it said.

A total of 84 journalists and media workers -- 64 percent of them Iraqis -- have been kidnapped in the past four years, it said, adding that only about half of them have been freed.

At least 27 have been the victims of execution-style murders, and 14 are still being held by their abductors.

AFP

Last Mod: 31 Ağustos 2007, 11:42
Add Comment