The war in Iraq
The most deadly one for the media
56 journalists and media assistants killed
- Who were they?
- Who did they work for?
- How were they killed or kidnapped?
3 May 2005
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Iraq is the world’s most dangerous country for journalists and the place where the most are
kidnapped. 56 journalists and media assistants1 have been killed there since the fighting began
on 22 March 2003 and 29 kidnapped.
The Iraq conflict is the deadliest inter-state war for journalists since the one in Vietnam, when
63 were killed, but over a period of 20 years (1955-75).2 During the fighting in the former
Yugoslavia (1991-95), 49 journalists were killed doing their job.
57 journalists and 20 media assistants were killed in Algeria between 1993 and 1996 but this
was during an internal (civil) war.
2003 (start of
2004 (wave of
handed back to
Journalists killed since the fighting began
The media was targeted from the first day of the fighting in Iraq, when cameraman Paul
Moran, of the Australian TV network ABC, was killed by a car bomb on 22 March 2003.
Eleven journalists and media assistants were killed in March and April that year. The
situation then gradually improved until early the following year, when bomb blasts and
attacks by armed groups increased throughout the country, with nine killed in May 2004.
Almost every month since then, one or two journalists have been killed, nine of them so far
1 Media assistants are all the people employed by media organisations who are not directly involved in producing editorial