Thursday, May 05, 2005

The Cost of a Free Press

The Freedom Forum has added 78 names of journalists who died last year covering the news to the Journalists Memorial. 2004 was the third deadliest year for journalists since 1812. In 1994, 94 journalists died and in 1991, 93 died due largely to conflicts in Bosnia, Rwanda, the Balkans, and drug violence in Columbia.
Of the 74 names added this week, 25 died covering the war in Iraq. A total of 45 journalists have died in the two years of the Iraq War. That compares with 69 who died in all of World War II and 63 who died in 20 years of the Vietnam and southeast Asian conflicts. (Freedom Forum)

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