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Journalist death toll is 47 worldwide in 2005

[b]Journalist death toll is 47 worldwide in 2005[/b]

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

[b]Washington, D.C. 11 January, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] Forty-seven journalists were killed in 2005, more than three-quarters of whom were murdered to silence their criticism or punish them for their work. Kidnappers in Iraq, political assassins in Beirut, and hit men in the Philippines made murder the leading cause of work-related deaths among journalists worldwide in 2005, reveals New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in a special report released January 3.

CPJ’s analysis also documented a long-term trend – those who murder journalists usually go unpunished. Slayings were carried out with impunity about 90 percent of the time in 2005, a figure consistent with data collected by CPJ over more than a decade. The CPJ report says that less than 15 percent of journalist murders since 1992 have resulted in the arrest and prosecution of those who ordered the killings.

“Too many journalists have lost their lives because they were doing their jobs, and unresponsive governments bear responsibility for the toll,” CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper said.

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