|Impunity rife in journalists' killing: CPJ study|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 28 September 2006 03:00|
A new study by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has found that 580 journalists have been killed for their work in the past 15 years, and in the vast majority of cases, they were murdered with impunity.
According to CPJ, seven out of every 10 journalists killed since 1992 were murdered in retaliation for their reporting. Roughly 85 per cent of journalists' killers in the last 15 years faced neither investigationnor prosecution for their crimes. Even when murders were more fully investigated and some convictions obtained, the masterminds were brought to justice in only seven per cent of cases.
The second leading cause of death is cross-fire in combat, claiming 107 lives. Of the 89 foreign correspondents killed since 1992, 49 died in combat-related crossfire, according to CPJ.
CPJ's analysis is based on a database containing detailed records of journalists' deaths dating back to 1992. Unlike other press freedom groups that monitor journalists' deaths, CPJ includes only those cases in which it is reasonably certain that a death was directly related to a journalist's work. CPJ continues to track - but does not include in its records database - another 216 journalist deaths in which the circumstances are not clear. CPJ does not include journalists who are killed in accidents unless they are caused by hostile action.
Read the study: http://www.cpj.org/Briefings/2006/deadly_news/deadly_news.html