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At a time when fair and accurate news coverage is more essential than ever, 2006 marked one of the deadliest years on record for journalists. Surprisingly, despite the fierce fighting in Iraq, most of the slain journalists did not die in combat. They were deliberately targeted, hunted down, and murdered for investigating corruption, crime, or human rights abuses in countries around the world. In Requiem, FRONTLINE/World essayist Sheila Coronel looks at the dangers journalists confront as they try to tell their stories and pays special tribute to reporters working in the Philippines, Russia, Turkey, Zimbabwe, China and Iraq who have been killed, jailed, or exiled for daring to speak truth to power. (Read the credits)

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Crispin Calinawan
Cebu, Philippines

It's heart-pounding to note the kind of environment we have not just for media but also for the ordinary people. Thank you for the video which I also shared to my students in my Mass Media class (Third Year high school) in one of the universities here where I'm working. It's a timely production, that with the kind of video they were able to see and understand the reality of world affairs and the role of media. Ms. Coronel did well in her expose. Dangers journalists brazen out commonly end them up in death. Back in 1999 while working as a student-journalist in a state university in Mindanao, I experienced being hunted down by a group of fierce individuals. Thank God I was able to run to the nearest Peace Keeping Force outpost.

Clint McCallum
Atlanta, GA

I love your stories! I am without tv and am happy to watch the archived versions on the web. It is sad that many people are not even aware that the news they watch or hear is so biased and full of propaganda. NPR and PBS are doing good work. Hopefully, soon we will have a more understanding and educated world to share with each other, one without censorship of our news or fear of dying because of the truth.

Stephen Ward
Ottawa, Ontario

I feel the sun is setting on the best chance this world has had for true democracy, social justice and freedom to tell the truth. We have truly blown our opportunity since the fall of the Soviet Union. Watching the brief comments of Anna Politkovskaya i can't help but feel this "dialectic materialist" is a modern day saint. What astounding courage and selflessness. I have watched this segment several times. Kudos to PBS for being a beacon of hope and light in an increasingly repressive world.

genre alberto
pasig city

It is very sad to realize that we are existing in this mortal world full of violence but I think it will be worse without journalists who are the watchdogs of our society.

Journalists are the transmitter of truths, without them, rampant corruptions, killings and inhumane actions will always be found around the globe. When reporters report what is wrong, politicians and people doing such things will be deterred.

I was quietly shocked of this docu because I never heard those news before over the television though news is the most reason why I'm watching TV nowadays. This expose of Ms. Coronel is a truth- shall-prevail video wherein it opened my, our eyes to the reality of the chaos around the world.

Lynne Murguia
Tucson, AZ

I don't know how you got my name but I never subscribed to your Email list. And further, your Unsubscribe link has no relation to subscriptions whatever.
This sort of behavior sours one even on PBS !


I have thoroughly enjoyed News War, but Requiem failed to cover the twice targeting of Al Jazeera journalists by US military forces. Is this the convenient self-censorship the world has come to expect from most outlets in the US? Say it isn't so PBS! There have been no deaths of journalists in the US that I am aware of, but how many at the hands of US forces or directed by US interests? Why didn't PBS cover this in Requiem?

Lucena, Philippines
Many people thought that media work is all but excitement. They are often brushed off as nuisance, however, media work is not just sitting down and writing. Like the soldiers in the field, we are fighting our own battle of informing the world. And i guess they ought to give us credit, at least show us some respect. There is a big difference between the paparazzi and a journalist. These pictures will introduce you to it. Great work.

Madrid, Spain
As a broadcast journalist, I must tell you how proud I feel of my collegues and have to thank you sincerely for this intelligent, wide-well covered and deeply documented series about this essential job, one of the key in every democracy that claim to be it. From here, I would like to remember my collegue Josť Couso, a cameraman, a friend, killed in Iraq (April, 8th, 2003) at Hotel Palestine, Baghdad, by an US tank. We still want justice!

Fouad Nassiri
Terre Haute, Indiana

Highly informative series. The segment dealing with the rise of Arab media was insightful and editorially balanced. Hopefully, my cable provider will soon carry Aljazeera English here in the Midwest.

Martin Ott
Clark, NJ

A sad but refreshing piece. It is especially eye opening to see coverage of the struggles journalists face outside of the places typically covered by the American media. Any one of these stories could have been (and should be!) a documentary of its own.

Watched the video essay on Dead Journalists by Sheila Coronel on Frontline.
Very powerful. When the statistics are given a face, it makes for a compelling story.


Chestertown, Maryland
Dear Frontline, You need to do what you say you're going to do. The trailer for part four of "News War" originally said it would air online on March 27. Then on March 27 you post that the online program will be available at noon on Thursday. It is now past noon on Thursday and you're edited the web site again saying the program will be available after 9pm today.

Is this going to change again? I don't own a television because most of what's on TV these days is garbage, but twice now my wife and I have set up the laptop only to find out you're rescheduling.

You need to do what you say you will do, and you need to embrace the Internet medium with as much attention to detail as you do you broadcasts. You are making a mockery of this emerging medium.


Leavenworth, KS
Very comprehensive review of the dangers of practicing journalism in unstable areas and war zones. I was surprised that you never identified the suspected killers of the Iraqi journalist, Atwar Bahjat. In every other case you identified the Russian government as the culprit in the killing of Ms Politkovskaya, the Chinese and Zimbabwean governments as responsible for the disappearance or exile of journalists, but in Bahjat you just left the obvious culprits unsaid. This is a theme to all of your reporting from the Iraq War, actually. Anti-Government Forces kill with chlorine bombs and you say chlorine bomb destroys market. Let a Marine kill a civilian and it's "Marines kill innocent." You should place blame in both cases on the parties responsible -- no one thinks that anyone but Anti-coalition and Anti-government forces killed Ms Bahjat, but that doesn't fit your template.

Malcolm McColl
Edmonton, Alberta

Thank you for interviewing the educator whose background included growing up in the Philippines. It will stand as invaluable reporting about freedom, and I hope people see the sacrifice made by a few to inform the many about what is right and what isn't.

Jon Josserand
Lawrence, KS

Kudos to Frontline for a great series. Americans should understand more about how journalism and the media work, especially when reporting about world events.

Micah Albert
Folsom, California

As a photojournalist covering Central and East Africa, Sudan has limited my pre-press work quite a bit. It continutes to be a world-wide struggle to let the world know what is happening.

Bill Haley
Edenton, NC

The media series was a real service. I saw at least three of the programs and hope to watch again, having spent 43 years in the media and not recognizing it today- retired 15 years. The review of Arab television was especially telling.
It hurts that we are robbed of the chance to at least view Arab TV. Our two soldiers in Qatar? Show more intelligence than our State Department and White House, or the ultimate censors. Bravo Frontline!

Joseph Chicco
Fairhaven, Mass

Where in Washington DC is Al-Jazeera's Headquarters?


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