By: Kelvin Childs
Terry Anderson speaks at D.C. ceremony
For World Press Freedom Day, 27 journalists who were killed on the job in 1997 were honored in a ceremony May 5 at the Freedom Forum Journalists Memorial in Arlington, Va.
“The single greatest cause of job-related death for journalists around the world is political assassination,” said Peter Pritchard, president of the Freedom Forum.
The names of the 27 reporters, editors, photographers and cameramen were added to the memorial in an annual rededication ceremony. With the additions, the monument now lists 1,000 journalists killed around the world since 1812.
At the ceremony, Terry Anderson, former Middle East bureau chief for the Associated Press, said 85 journalists also were imprisoned in 1997. “All around the world, thousands of journalists go to work each day not knowing if they will be beaten, harassed or assaulted by day’s end,” he said. Anderson was held captive in Lebanon from 1985 to 1991 by the Islamic Jihad.
Of the 27 dead, 10 were killed in Latin America in retaliation for their coverage of political corruption, police brutality or drug trafficking.
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