A black year of journalistic casualties
"Covering a war is becoming more and more dangerous for journalists" . Reporters Sans Frontiers is counting the highest value of casualties of the media. 42 journalists have been killed and since a lot of the killings have taken place during the Iraqi-conflict the blame is the high number of deaths in the Gulf conflict on "the use of more sophisticated weapons" and "belligerents who care more about winning the war of images than respecting the safety of media staff".
One particular new trend is that a number of 'cyberdissidents' have been jailed.
Arrests of journalists also soared by 74 to 766, and there were more than 500 instances of media censorship, a trend which RWB said was "undoubtedly linked to the fight against terrorism" since September 2001.. Some examples are given in MediaGuardian.co.uk