December 31, 2006 -- Media watchdogs describe 2006 as was one of the deadliest years on record for journalists.
The Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said today that 81 reporters were killed in the line of duty in 2006.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) announced that there were 155 murders and unexplained deaths of media workers during the year. The IFJ includes in its figures media support staff such as interpreters or drivers, while other monitoring groups use different criteria.
Remembering Anna Politkovskaya
Anna Politkovskaya at RFE/RL in July 2006 (RFE/RL)
A BRAVE VOICE SILENCED. Prominent Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was killed on October 7 in her Moscow apartment building. An outspoken critic of the Kremlin, she was best-known for her reporting on the conflict in Chechnya. Former Soviet President Gorbachev called her slaying "a true political homicide, a vendetta."