Colombia, Afghanistan Most Dangerous


(AP) Wars around the world contributed to a rise in the number of journalists killed last year, with Colombia and Afghanistan the most dangerous assignments, a media watchdog group said Tuesday.

The World Association of Newspapers said in a written statement that 60 journalists and other media workers were killed worldwide in 2001 — compared to 53 the previous year.

In Colombia, where a decades-old civil war is being waged, 10 journalists were killed — the highest death toll for a single country.

Six more journalists were killed in other Latin American countries, making it the most dangerous region for journalists to work, the statement said.

The war in Afghanistan claimed the lives of eight journalists, while four reporters were killed in the Philippines, said the Paris-based group, which represents 18,000 newspapers worldwide.

Other media watchdog groups, using different criteria, have reported varying figures on the numbers of journalists killed in 2001.

Paris-based Reporters without Borders — which does not include other types of media staff in its toll — said that 31 journalists were killed last year. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists put the toll at 37.

The Belgium-based International Federation of Journalists — which uses broader criteria — has said that as many as 100 news media staff were killed worldwide in 2001.

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