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Death Toll

Charts on the latest casualty figures among reporters in the field and the top 10 most dangerous countries to report from.

Number of Journalists Killed From 2001 to 2006

Source: International News Safety Institute (INSI)
Since 2001, the number of journalist killed each year on the job has generally risen. The figures overwhelmingly reflect the growing violence in Iraq, which entered its fifth year this month.

Number of Journalists Killed from 2001-2006

Notes on the Data: The INSI's annual list of casualties is compiled from a detailed database of journalists and media assistants, which includes their biographies and case histories. The figures include journalists and media assistants, such as drivers, fixers and interpreters, killed while reporting. According to a report by MSNBC, those who help compile the annual list include "a coalition of media organizations, press freedom groups, unions and humanitarian campaigners dedicated to the safety of journalists and media staff."

 

Most Dangerous Places for Journalists in 2006

Source: International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
In its recent report entitled "Journalism Put to the Sword in 2006," the IFJ wrote, "Although the numbers are a matter of discussion between press freedom groups, everyone agrees on one undeniable truth: 2006 was the worst year on record."

Journalists Killed by Region in 2006

Journalists Killed by Region in 2006

Journalists Killed by Country in 2006

Journalists Killed by Country in 2006

Notes on the Data: The figures here are tabulated from the IFJ's list of journalists killed by region and by most dangerous countries. As expected, Iraq tops the country list, followed by the Philippines and Mexico, whose border areas have become especially dangerous because of regional drug cartels.

 

Top 10 Countries for Media Censorship in 2006

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
In May 2006, the CPJ released a special report that gave North Korea, Burma and Turkmenistan the honor of being the most censored countries in the world. The report, entitled "North Korea Tops List of 10 Most Censored Countries," was assembled to commemorate World Press Freedom Day.

1.North Korea

2.Burma

3.Turkmenistan

4.Equatorial Guinea

5.Libya

6.Eritrea

7.Cuba

8.Uzbekistan

9.Syria

10.Belarus

Notes on the Data: After consulting with experts in the field, CPJ staff members evaluate each country on 17 key areas. Overall, the group considers the state of press freedoms, human rights and media law in each country. To make the list, countries had to meet at least nine of the 17 criteria. Among those listed by the CPJ are "absence of independent media; existence of formal censorship regulations; state control of all media; state-sponsored violence against journalists; jamming of foreign news broadcasts; restrictions on Internet access; limits on journalists' mobility; interference in the production and distribution of publications; and existence of laws forbidding criticism."

 

Top Five Deadliest Conflict Zones for Journalists, 1981 to 2006

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

These figures report the worst conflict areas for journalists recorded during CPJ's 25-year history.

Top Five Deadliest Conflict Zones for Journalists, 1981 to 2006