Sixty-two journalists were victims of "assassinations and target murders" around the world this past year, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said Tuesday.
Many of the killings were "directed against media exposing corruption or expressing political dissent," said the IFJ, a Brussels-based association of 140 national journalists' unions.
"The death roll speaks for itself," said IFJ general secretary Aidan White in a statement. "Journalists risk their lives daily for expressing independent opinions and exposing wrongdoing."
On the IFJ "kill list" for 2000 were nine journalists in Colombia, a Spanish journalist slain by the Basque radical group ETA, and a Russia radio station owner who had criticized local political leaders.
Others included seasons war correspondents Miguel Gil Morena and Kurt Schork, killed in an ambush in Sierra Leone, and Pakistani journalist Sufi Mohammed Khan, who had written about local underworld figures.
The complete list was posted on the IFJ's Internet site, at http://www.ifj.org -- BRUSSELS (AFP)
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