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2004 deadliest year in a decade for journalists, says CPJ

Between the continuing violence in Iraq and killings in the Philippines, 2004 has become the deadliest year in a decade for journalists, according to research compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

So far this year, 54 journalists have been killed while performing their job. That’s three more deaths than 1995 when 51 journalists were killed.

In 2004, 23 journalists in Iraq were killed as a direct result of their work. Most were Iraqi journalists who were targeted by insurgents, caught in crossfire or killed by U.S. forces, the group said.

The deadliest year for journalists since CPJ began compiling detailed statistics was 1994, when 66 journalists were killed.

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