Richard Wild

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The Five Most Murderous Countries for Journalists
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.
New York, July 7, 2003—Richard Wild, a 24-year-old British free-lance cameraman, died on Saturday, July 5, after being gunned down in central Baghdad. In a separate incident, Jeremy Little, a free-lance soundman working for the U.S.-based television network NBC, died on Sunday of complications from injuries sustained during a grenade attack in central Iraq last week.

Their deaths bring to 16 the total number of journalists killed while reporting from Iraq since the U.S.-led war to oust Saddam Hussein began in mid-March. Five of those journalists died in non-combat-related incidents. Two other journalists remain missing.

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