PARIS (AP) The number of journalists killed around the world is up sharply over last year, an increase driven by the war in Iraq and conflicts in Colombia and other hotspots, a group that promotes press freedom said Oct. 15.
The World Association of Newspapers said 51 journalists have been killed on the job or because of their work so far this year, more than in all of 2002.
The association counted 46 deaths for all of 2002.
The figure is appalling and once again underlines that governments and media organizations must do more to protect journalists wherever their duty to inform the public takes them even to war zones, said Timothy Balding, the group's director general.