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Jakarta Post

Letter: The high price of journalism

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 10 2011   /  10:39 am

Journalists pay a high price to expose the truth and often work against the wishes of their rulers and even against the wishes of hardcore militant groups, especially in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. According to reports over the last decade, Pakistan, Iraq and Mexico have been the most violent countries for reporters. According to media rights group Reporters Without Borders, 57 journalists lost their lives in 2010 while performing their duties.  Two French journalists are still in the custody of militants in Afghanistan. Several journalists are also still working under death threats in Columbia and Mexico where a long war is going on between different drug cartels. According to news reports, the most dangerous country for journalists in 2010 was Pakistan, where 11 journalists were killed. Most of the journalists were killed while covering the US-led war on terror in Pakistan’s...