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2006 Report

II. The year 2006

1. Killers have a field-day

2006 was the most deadly year for media workers since 1994, with 82 journalists and 32 media assistants killed while doing their job.

Iraq topped the list for the fourth year running and 64 media workers died there, more than double the 29 who died in 2005, and well above the 32 in 2004 and 15 in 2003.

Mexico, with nine journalists killed, overtook Colombia as the most dangerous country in the Americas.

The situation was little better in The Philippines, where six journalists were murdered during the year.

Three journalists were killed in Russia, making a total of 21 since President Vladimir Putin came to power in March 2000. The murder in October of Anna Politkovskaya, a reporter for the weekly Novaya Gazeta specialising in Chechnya, was a warning that even the best-known journalists with major support from the international community are not safe from such violence.

Press freedom in neighbouring Turkmenistan deteriorated and repression of the independent media peaked in September, when the stringer for Radio Free Europe, Ogulsapar Muradova, died in prison after being tortured.

A photographer and a TV technician were killed by Israeli air attacks during Israel’s war with Lebanon in the summer and a dozen journalists were wounded in the fighting.

Press freedom is clearly far from guaranteed around the world and the daily battle of Reporters Without Borders is more necessary than ever.

2. UN Resolution 1738 on the protection of journalists in war zones

As journalists and other media workers take more and more risks while working, it is vital to remind governments of their international legal obligations and urge them to fight against the impunity enjoyed by too many of those who physically attack journalists.

This is why Reporters Without Borders worked closely with the French foreign ministry to draft UN Resolution 1738, which restates the basic principles of press freedom and stresses the need to prevent violence against journalists and punish those who physically attack them.

The resolution, sponsored by France and Greece, was unanimously approved by the UN Security Council on 23 December and obliges UN member-states to protect journalists and investigate whenever they are victims of wartime violence.

3. Reporters Without Borders wins recognition for its daily fight to defend press freedom

The organisation received two prizes in 2006 - an Emmy Award in the United States and the Antonio Asensio Prize for freedom of expression presented by the King of Spain. Both were encouragement for all those fighting for the right to be informed and to inform the public.


see also
I. The state of press freedom worldwide in 2007
III. Reporters Without Borders’ field of work
IV. How to help us



 
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2005 progress Report
I. The state of press freedom worldwide in 2007
II. The year 2006
III. Reporters Without Borders’ field of work
IV. How to help us

Accounts 2006
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State of accounts at 31 December 2006