On Tuesday, CPJ released its annual report, Attacks on the Press, with a global
launch in six cities—
Attacks on the Press is an annual survey of events in 2009 and went to press at the beginning of January. At the time, we had confirmed 70 media killings, our highest tally ever. This is the number included in the book.
on January 21 we were able to confirm the death of an additional journalist
killed in the Maguindanao
massacre in the
number of journalists in prison at the end of 2009 was 136, with
Other press freedom groups have released their own figures on the journalists killed and imprisoned in recent days. These numbers may be higher than ours because CPJ uses a conservative threshold in determining who is a journalist (as opposed to an activist) and also because we only include those cases in which we confirm a link to the journalists’ professional activities. We still track the cases we consider “unconfirmed” and post those capsules to our Web site, but that number is not reported in our final tally.
important to point out that while the numbers vary somewhat among organizations, the conclusions
of the different press groups are the same: 2009 was the deadliest year for
journalists in memory and the crackdown in