CPJ’s Joel Simon, Robert Mahoney, and Nina Ognianova pay tribute to journalists who died in 2008. The toll was highest in Iraq, but conflicts in South Asia and the Caucasus were deadly as well. Impunity in journalist murders in Russia, Philippines, and Mexico were top issues.
New York, December 18, 2008—For the sixth consecutive year, Iraq was the deadliest country in the world for the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its end-of-year analysis. The 11 deaths recorded in Iraq in 2008, while a sharp drop from prior years, remained among the highest annual tolls in CPJ history.
CPJ: One in 6 jailed journalists held without charge Census shows an overall decline; China remains the leading jailer
Some press gains are reported in Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan but the Color Revolutions have yet to deliver lasting reforms.
Positives: Libel is decriminalized. Reporting of state secrets also decriminalized. Assaults on journalists decline slightly. Negatives: Government still harasses media, using such methods as retaliatory tax investigations. Administration pressures media to tone down coverage, replace critical journalists. Pending bill would set a “code of conduct” for news media.
New York, December 7, 2006–The number of journalists jailed worldwide for their work increased for the second consecutive year, and one in three is now an Internet blogger, online editor, or Web-based reporter, according to an analysis by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
The Case of Carlos CardosoBelow is an update of court proceedings, currently under way in Mozambique, in the murder case of journalist Carlos Cardoso, who was killed on November 22, 2000. The proceedings are updated periodically as events occur.
Death toll is 47 worldwide; Iraq becomes deadliest recent conflict
13 Confirmed cases of journalists killed in Iraq by U.S. Forces (March 2003-August 2005)