Journalist death toll passes 100

More than 100 journalists and media support staff have been killed so far this year in conflicts across the world, making 2004 one of the worst on record, says the International Federation of Journalists.

The death toll is now 101, higher than last year and 30 more than 2002’s level.

IFJ general secretary Aidan White said: “2004 is turning out to be one of the most bloody years on record.”

The latest casualties are reporters working in the Philippines, the Ivory Coast and Nicaragua.

In the Philippines, Gene Boyd Lumawag, a photojournalist, was shot dead last Friday while working on a story in the Islamic militant stronghold of Jolo island.

In the Ivory Coast, a reporter for Le Courrier d’Abidjan , Antoine Masse, was killed on 7 November in clashes between the Ivorian army, demonstrators and French peacekeepers.

And in Nicaragua, Maria Jose Bravoahe of La Prensa daily was shot in a fight between rival political factions during municipal elections.

The number killed in Iraq is 62 since the war began last March.

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