Watchdog: 52 journalists killed

The International Press Institute said today 52 journalists lost their lives in the first eight months of the year because of their jobs – four fewer than in the same period in 2009.

Alison Bethel McKenzie, interim director of the Vienna-based watchdog, said Mexico led the so-called Death Watch with 10 fatalities to the end of August, followed by Honduras with nine and Pakistan with six.

Last year, a total of 110 journalists died because of their profession.

Bethel McKenzie spoke today at the opening of an IPI meeting that has drawn more than 300 media staff from around the globe.

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