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62 reporters killed in 2008, Reporters without Borders reports

December 30, 2008

The number of journalists, bloggers and media workers killed doing their jobs fell to 62 this year from 106 in 2007, according to the Paris-based media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders or RSF.

However, RSF says this is not grounds for optimism over media freedom as in many parts of the world the decrease showed only that violent repression had forced reporters to abandon their jobs.

RSF also warned that state censorship was spreading to the Internet. Iraq remained the deadliest country for journalists with 15 deaths, but that was down from 47 in 2007. Pakistan, the Philippines and Mexico followed Iraq as the most dangerous countries for reporters.

In 2008 :
- 60 journalists were killed
- 1 media assistant was killed
- 673 journalists were arrested
- 929 were physically attacked or threatened
- 353 media outlets were censored
- 29 journalists were kidnapped

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