Sri Lanka ranked 3rd deadliest place for journalists
Colombo (ANTARA News) - Sri Lanka has been ranked as the third deadliest place for journalists in 2007 by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), a leading English newspaper reported Saturday.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Paris-based association said six journalists were killed in Sri Lanka last year while eight were killed in Somalia (2nd) and 44 were killed in Iraq (1st).
World-wide some 95 journalists and other media workers were killed in 2007 because of their professional activities, with Iraq and other conflict zones accounting for more than two-thirds of the deaths, said the WAN.
The 2007 world death toll, released after investigation into all potential media murders, is the second highest since 1998 when the WAN began tracking annual deaths. It compares with 110 killed in 2006, 58 in 2005, 72 in 2004 and 53 in 2003.
The Sri Lankan government said more than 5000 people have been killed since conflicts between government troops and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) began to escalate in the end of 2005.
The WAN which defends and promotes media freedom world-wide represents 18,000 newspapers, Xinhua reported.(*) END