Deadliest start to year for journalists - PHOTO

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# 12 April 2012 10:52 (UTC +04:00)
At this same point last year, 23 journalists had been killed because of their work or while on assignment, according to IPI’s Death Watch. The final total, in 2011, of 102 journalist deaths is surpassed in IPI’s historical statistics only by 2009, with 110 deaths – of which 24 occurred on or before 10 April.

“We are witnessing, by a significant margin, the deadliest start to a year for the media in recent memory,” IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie said. “As movements for democracy spread across the world, journalists – whose work is critical to any free society – are increasingly coming under violent attack.”

“IPI extends its condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of all three of these brave journalists,” Bethel McKenzie said. “There is still a chance to turn this terrible start to 2012 around – but only if national governments commit to bringing those responsible for crimes against journalists to justice.”

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