In the line of Duty

The year 2004 was the deadliest year for journalists in a decade, with 53 journalists and 15 media assistants killed, including 2 in Sri Lanka, a non profit organization promoting media freedom has revealed. The year 2004 was the deadliest year for journalists in a decade, with 53 journalists and 15 media assistants killed, including 2 in Sri Lanka, a non profit organization promoting media freedom has revealed. As the New Year started, 107 journalists and 70 cyber dissidents were in prison, Reporters sans Frontier (RSF), said.
Iraq was the most dangerous place for journalists with 19 journalists dead, with four being killed by the United State military.

“Ali al-Khatib and Ali Abdel Aziz, of the satellite TV station Al-Arabiya, were shot dead near a US checkpoint on 18 March,” RSF said.

“Ten days later, the US army admitted responsibility but said it was an accident. Assad Kadhim and Hussein Saleh, who worked for the TV station Al-Iraqiya, were killed on 19 April, also by US troops.”

Journalists and cyber-dissidents were fiercely repressed in The Maldives during the year.

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