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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) yesterday issued its report on 139 journalists and media workers who were killed or died while practicing journalism in the course of 2009. The IFJ says that 2009, one of the worst years for journalists’ killings, capped a violent decade which put journalism to the sword and left record numbers of murders of media people.
The Asia Pacific region recorded the highest death toll with 52 followed by the Americas with 30 killings, including 13 murders of journalists in Mexico alone.
The report includes a toll of accidental deaths, which covers 4 journalists who died in Georgia, 1 in Turkey, 4 in Russia.