Here’s an end-of-the-year story we wish we didn’t have to report.
The Committee to Protect Journalists said yesterday that 2009 was the deadliest year for journalists around the world. CPJ’s tally rose to 68 this year, thanks in part to a massacre in the Philippines last month.
“The press freedom group said the 2009 tally compared to 42 deaths in 2008 and surpassed the previous record of 67 deaths in 2007 — when violence was at its worst in Iraq, which had been the deadliest country for journalists for six years.”
The Philippines massacre, which caused 31 journalists’ deaths, helped make the island nation the deadliest country for journalists this year. Iraq was the third deadliest country, holding the lowest annual total for journalist deaths since the U.S. invaded the country in 2003. Somalia was number two.
Lists and statistics like this give new meaning to all those things that we have to be thankful for as we head into the New Year.