Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Press Freedom-better than 2007 but a long way to go

Reporters without Borders have released their report on journalism freedom for 2008.

The good news is that the figures are better than 2007,but 60 journalists and one assistant lost their lives ,673 were arrested,929 were threatened 29 were kidnapped and 353 media outlets were censored.

This is the organisations overview of the year

The Asia-Pacific and Maghreb-Middle East regions are still the deadliest for the press. After Iraq (with 15 journalists killed), the two countries with the highest death tolls are Pakistan (7 killed) and the Philippines (6 killed). The bloodshed continues in Mexico, where four journalists were murdered in connection with their work. The fall in the death toll in Africa (from 12 in 2007 to 3 in 2008) is due above all to the fact that many journalists stopped working, often going into exile, and to the gradual disappearance of news media in war zones such as Somalia.

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