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Iraq war and news media: A look inside the death toll

An Iraqi journalist walks past a wall of photos of journalists killed during the Iraq War. (AP/Samir Mizban)

The U.S.-led war in Iraq claimed the lives of a record number of journalists and challenged some commonly held perceptions about the risks of covering conflict. Far more journalists, for example, were murdered in targeted killings in Iraq than died in combat-related circumstances. Here, on the 10th anniversary of the start of the war, is a look inside the data collected by CPJ.

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  • Article 19: Named after Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the organization works worldwide to combat censorship, promote freedom of expression, and improve access to official information.
  • Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE): This is a Canadian nongovernmental organization supported by Canadian journalists and advocates of free expression.
  • Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma: The Dart Center provides journalists around the world with the resources necessary to provide informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.
  • Free Press Unlimited: By supporting local media professionals and journalists in more than 40 countries worldwide, Free Press Unlimited works to ensure that reliable news and information are and remain available to people across the globe.
  • Front Line: Front Line is the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. It was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk.
  • Human Rights Watch: One of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.
  • Inter American Press Association (IAPA): This is a nonprofit organization devoted to defending freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the Americas.
  • International Federation of Journalists (IFJ): The IFJ promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice through strong, free, and independent trade unions of journalists.
  • International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX): This is a clearinghouse for accurate and up-to-date information on freedom of expression issues and abuses worldwide.
  • International Media Support (IMS): Contributes to peace, stability, and the development of democracy in conflict areas.
  • International Press Institute (IPI): This is a global network of editors, media executives, and leading journalists dedicated to freedom of the press and improving the standards and practices of journalism.
  • International PEN: Through reading and writing, PEN engages and empowers communities across cultures and languages.
  • Journalisten helfen Journalisten (Journalists Helping Journalists):This nongovernmental organization supports journalists and their families under threat from governments, civil war, or any other politically or religiously motivated violence.
  • Media Legal Defence Initiative: This is a non-governmental organization that works in all regions of the world to provide legal support to journalists and media outlets.
  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF): Reporters Without Borders documents press freedom abuses and advocates on behalf of journalists worldwide.
  • The Rory Peck Trust: The organization gives direct, practical support to freelancers. It promotes good practices on behalf of freelancers, supports their right to work safely, and provides them with assistance.
  • Scholars at Risk Network: This international network of universities and colleges defends scholars from attacks based on their words, ideas, and place in society.
  • World Press Freedom Committee: The committee fights against press freedom abuses such as the licensing of journalists, and the imposition of mandatory codes of conduct.
  • World Association of Newspapers (WAN): The World Association of Newspapers represents 72 national newspaper associations, 13 international news agencies, nine regional press organizations, and individual newspaper executives in 100 nations.

Fellowships

Knight Digital Media Center
Competitive fellowships provide training for digital media journalists at all levels, from the traditional journalist making the transition to digital media to the digital media journalist seeking to improve her thinking and skills.

Contact:
Vikki Porter, Director
USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
727 W. 27th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone:
(213) 821-0071
Fax:
(213) 743-4548
E-mail:
[email protected]
Web site:
http://www.KnightDigitalMediaCenter.org

Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
The Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma recognize exemplary journalism on the impact of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events on individuals, families or communities, focusing on the experience of victims and survivors, and contributing to public understanding of trauma-related issues.  Award categories encompass the full spectrum of news media and include: newspaper, radio, television, online-only news publications, web-based productions, independent productions, magazines and magazine websites.

The competition is open to all North American news media outlets.

Application information: http://dartcenter.org/dart-award-guidelines

Contact:
Kate Black
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
2950 Broadway, Room 303
New York, NY 10027
Phone:
212.851.1392
E-mail:
[email protected]
Web site:
www.dartcenter.org

Awards

The Michael Kelly Award
Atlantic Media Company
The Michael Kelly Award honors a writer or editor whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Kelly's own career: the fearless pursuit and expression of the truth.

Contact:
Charles Green
Michael Kelly Award
The Watergate
600 New Hampshire Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20037
Phone:
(202) 739-8417
E-mail:
[email protected]
Web site:
http://kellyaward.com

Maria Moors Cabot Prize
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
The Cabot Prizes recognize distinguished journalism that enhances understanding among peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The prizes are awarded each fall to three or four journalists in the Western Hemisphere.

Contact:
Lisa Redd
Program Manager
Maria Moors Cabot Prize
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
2950 Broadway MC 3800
New York, NY 10027-7004
Phone:
212-854-6468
Fax:
212-851-7701
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website:
www.journalism.columbia.edu/page/167-the-maria-moors-cabot-prize/168cabotprizes

The Chancellor Award
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
A recipient is selected each year by a panel of print and broadcast journalists who look across the media landscape to identify a reporter who may not be widely known by the public, but who is highly respected within the profession.

Contact:
Abi Wright, Director
Beth Canipe, Assistant
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
2950 Broadway MC3805
New York, NY 10027
Phone:
212-854-5047
Fax:
212-854-3148
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website:
http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/chancellor

Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
The awards are regarded as the most prestigious prizes in broadcast news, the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Contact:
Abi Wright, Director
Beth Canipe, Assistant
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
2950 Broadway MC3805
New York, NY 10027
Phone:
212-854-5047
Fax:
212-854-3148
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website:
http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/dupont

The Goldsmith Awards
Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
The awards promote insightful, spirited public debate about government, politics, and the press. The program offers an investigative reporting prize and two book prizes.

Contact:
Edith Holway
Shorenstein Center
Kennedy School of Government
Box 113
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone:
(617) 495-8269
Fax:
(617) 495-8696
Email:
[email protected]
Web site:
http://www.hks.harvard.edu/presspol/

The Institute on Political Journalism
Mollenhoff Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting
Excellence in Economic Reporting Award
Theses award recognize top investigative and economic reporting.

Contact:
Joe Starrs
1706 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone:
(202) 986-0384
Fax:
(202) 986-0390
Email:
jsta[email protected]

University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism
The awards recognize journalists who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to ethical conduct, even when faced with economic, personal, or political pressure.

Contact:
Zanne Miller
University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism
1275 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1275
Phone:
(541) 434-7038
Fax:
(541) 346-0682
E-mail:
[email protected]
Web site:
http://payneawards.uoregon.edu


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Deadly News

By Mathew Hansen

Hundreds of journalists have been killed over 15 years, many on the orders of government officials. Few cases are ever solved. In the Fall/Winter 2006 edition of Dangerous Assignments

Alerts   |   Iraq

American journalist murdered in Basra


New York, August 3, 2005—
The Committee to Protect Journalists is shocked and alarmed by the murder of U.S. freelance journalist and author Steven Vincent, whose bullet-riddled body was found today in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.

Vincent, who had written for a number of U.S. publications and was working on a book, was abducted along with his translator, Ward al-Khal, on Tuesday by armed men driving what initial press reports described variously as a pickup truck or possibly a police car.

August 3, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Iraq

36 JOURNALISTS KILLED FOR THEIR WORK IN 2003More than a third killed during conflict in Iraq

New York, January 2, 2004—A total of 36 journalists were killed worldwide as a direct result of their work in 2003, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). This is a sharp increase from 2002, when 19 journalists were killed. The war in Iraq was the primary reason for the increase, as 13 journalists, more than a third of this year's casualties, were killed in hostile actions.

In fact, according to CPJ's statistics, the death toll in Iraq was the highest annual total from a single country since 24 journalists were killed in Algeria in 1995 at the height of civil strife between the government and Islamist militants.

Alerts   |   Iraq

CPJ mourns the death of Atlantic Monthly editor Michael Kelly

New York, April 4, 2003—Michael Kelly, editor-at-large of the Atlantic Monthly and a columnist with the Washington Post, was killed today while traveling with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq, according to a statement from the Washington Post.
April 4, 2003 12:00 PM ET

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