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94 journalists killed on duty in 2010 – IFJ report

10 January 2011

The dangers facing journalists in many countries are underlined by the latest International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) report. The report shows they remain targets for political extremists, gangsters and terrorists across the world.

The report says 94 journalists and media personnel were killed in 2010 – victims of targeted killings, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents. Three other journalists lost their lives in accidents this year.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ deputy general secretary, said:

"Journalists are killed because the job they do is often dangerous. Death threats against journalists in Britain and Ireland, where most of our members work, are happily rare. But our members and their employers must remain vigilant in defending their right to report fairly and safely what happens in our society, as well as fulfilling their role internationally.
"Our knowledge of unrest, corruption and political oppression in the wider world is mainly dependent upon those journalists and media workers who risk their lives daily to expose what is happening internationally.
"We owe them a great debt, and mourn every death of media workers who have sought to bring the truth to the public."

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