May 4, 1996 in Nation/World

51 Journalists Killed Worldwide In Last Year

Compiled From Wire Services
 

Fifty-one journalists were killed and more than 100 were jailed around the world last year, a watchdog group said Friday in a report released to coincide with World Press Freedom Day.

In countries such as Algeria, Cuba, China, Burma, Iran, Iraq and the former Soviet Union, “journalism is a high-risk occupation,” Reporters Without Borders said.

It cited “a culture of impunity” in many countries, including government pressure on the media, newspaper seizures, and the jailing and kidnapping of journalists.

Algeria topped the list for the number of journalists killed last year, with 22.


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