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2008 Spring/Summer


135 journalists and 50 support workers have died in direct connection to their work in Iraq.

88 percent of media deaths are Iraqis.

70 percent of media deaths were murders; 30 percent were combat-related.

79 percent of killings were committed by insurgent forces. U.S. forces were responsible for 12 percent of deaths.

62 percent of victims worked for Iraqi news organizations; 38 percent worked for international news organizations.

27 employees of Iraq Media Network, which includes Al-Iraqiya, and Al-Sabah newspaper, have been killed, the highest death toll among news outlets.

38 Iraqi journalists have gone into exile due to work-related persecution.

After Jehad Ali's leg was shattered by assailants in Iraq, colleagues raised money, and surgeons in California offered help. Now, Ali has cleared another big hurdle: He's gained permission to enter the United States.

Burma's Firewall Fighters

Burma's military junta imposed tighter internet restrictions after the Saffron Revolution. But news continues to flow thanks to the exile-run media and their resilient undercover reporters.

The Other Iraq

Iraqi Kurdish political leaders have cultivated an image of freedom and tolerance, but that increasingly clashes with reality. As the independent press has grown more assertive, attacks and arrests have increased.

Cuba's Long Black Spring

Five years after the Castro government cracked down on the independent press, more than 20 journalists remain behind bars for the crime of free expression.