Journalist Atwar Bahjat was killed in Iraq in February (AFP)
October 5, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The World Association of Newspapers says 75 journalists have been killed so far this year, making 2006 the deadliest year for journalists on record.
Twenty-six of the deaths occurred in Iraq.
WAN Director Timothy Balding said today that more than 500 journalists have been killed in the past decade, often for simply doing their jobs, yet few of the killers are ever brought to justice.
After Iraq comes the Philippines (eight deaths), and the South American nation Guyana (six deaths).
Press Under Assault
BREAKING THE NEWS: Press freedom is under assault in virtually all of the countries of the former Soviet Union. Independent media confront enormous challenges in providing citizens with the independent information that can help advance democratic reforms. On May 2, RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a roundtable briefing that gave an overview of media developments in the CIS and discussed the connections between press freedom and future democratization. The briefing featured Freedom House Director of Studies CHRISTOPHER WALKER, American University Associate Research Professor ROBERT ORTTUNG, and RFE/RL Central Asia analyst DANIEL KIMMAGE.