Johann Fritz, director of the International Press Institute has called 2006 the "most savage and brutal" year on record for journalists with 100 media professionals killed across the world. Mr Fritz described it as a “war on journalism”. Journalists were killed in 24 nations last year, 46 of the 100 died reporting the conflict in Iraq.
The IPI claims that in almost all cases, the deaths were targeted killings.
Russian investigative journalist and fierce Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya is the 13th Russian journalist believed to have been murdered for her work since President Vladimir Putin took power in 2000. Anna was shot dead on October 7 in the entrance to her Moscow apartment building, making her the 43rd Russian journalist to be murdered since 1997.
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