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NEWS - Corruption Stories Spelled D
- Subject: NEWS - Corruption Stories Spelled D
- From: Rangoonp@xxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 04 May 1999 00:28:00
Subject: NEWS - Corruption Stories Spelled Death for Reporters
Corruption Stories Spelled Death for Reporters
PARIS, May 3 (Reuters) - Nineteen journalists were
killed in the line of work in 1998, almost all for
investigating corruption, an international press
watchdog group reported on Monday.
Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said in its
annual report that fewer journalists died in the
course of their work this year than in 1997, when
26 died. Fifty one were killed in 1995, of which 22
were in Algeria, and 103 died in 1994.
The group said the lower death count in 1998
masked a worrying reality: "These 19 journalists
were not killed, as was often the case in the past,
while covering armed conflicts.
"In 1998, almost all the journalists killed were
assassinated after having revealed or probed
corruption cases or links between the authorities
and mafia-type groups," it said.
This happened in Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia,
Mexico, the Philippines, Russia and Thailand, it
"In this kind of case, the killers are rarely identified
and even more rarely punished," the report said.
Violence against the press was not the monopoly of
the authorities. Although in Turkey, police
accounted for 80 percent of violent acts committed
against the press, there had been a "privatisation"
of violence in Russia, it said.
Instead of Russian centralised power, "there are
economic mafia groups made up financial
magnates, arms dealers and ambitious and
In South Asia, journalists could fall victim to political
parties, separatist or terrorist groups.
The number of journalists in prison, around 100, has
barely changed. The main countries responsible
continue to be China, Ethiopia, Syria, Myanmar and
Turkey. Overall, 487 journalists were arrested last
year, while 697 were threatened or assaulted.
Governments' grip on broadcast media -- which
have the greatest impact on public opinion --
continued, with more than 75 countries keeping
their television monopoly and 45 controlling private
access to the Internet.
On the positive side, press liberty returned to
Indonesia following President Suharto's resignation
after 32 years in power. Not a single journalist was
in prison there on January 1, 1999, around 100
newspapers had been created, and new laws are to
be passed to guarantee freedom of the press.