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2006 death toll of journalists highest for 14 years

The killing of journalists and their assistants because of the work they were doing reached 113 (81 of them journalists) last year. More than half of them were in Iraq where 139 journalists have been killed since fighting began in 2003.

Last year’s figures from Reporters sans Frontiers were the worst since 1994 when 103 journalists were killed, half of them in Rwanda.

The victims are largely working in their own countries. Of those killed in Iraq, 90% were Iraqis.

Mexico overtook Colombia last year to be the second most dangerous country with nine journalists killed because they were investigating drugs trafficking or reporting on violent social unrest.

The RSF end of year report which also covers attacks and censorship makes grim reading.

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