Iraq War Surpasses Vietnam in Number of Reporters Killed

More broadcast and print journalists have been killed during the Iraq war than during the entire 20 years of the Vietnam War, according to the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders. The latest casualty, it said, was a soundman for Reuters TV News, who was shot by U.S. soldiers in Baghdad on Sunday, bringing to 66 the number of journalists and their assistants who have been killed since 2003. (A Reuters cameraman accompanying the soundman was wounded in the incident.) Sixty-three journalists were killed in Vietnam between 1955 and 1975.

from here.

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  1. Interesting stat. I wonder about the number of friendly fire casualties in general.

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  2. The upside of my news camerman brother-in-law developing a heart condition is that he doesn't go overseas to war zones anymore. He (with my sis and family) spent 2 years in Jerusalem a few years back and he covered the middle east and northern Africa, during some scary times. I'm so glad that he's not in Iraq. Early in the war, a camerman working with a journo in BIL's network was killed - had BIL been well, it's quite likely it might have been him working with the journo.

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  3. Yeah, Bron, hard to imagine an upside to a heart condition but that has to be it.

    I wonder what the ratio of journalists to combatants or civilians is in Iraq? I'm betting it's much higher than during much of the Vietnam war. If it isn't, then those numbers are pretty scary.

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