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150 Journalists Killed Worldwide in 2005

The International Federation of Journalists says 150 journalists were killed worldwide during 2005, a record number.

The annual report of the international journalists' trade-union federation, published Monday, says 89 reporters, photographers or editors were killed while covering wars or were the victims of assassination; 61 others died as a result of accidents or natural disasters while they were at work.

The journalists' death toll last year was up by 21 from the I.F.J.'s tally of killings in 2004.

Thirty-five journalists were killed in Iraq, five of them by U.S. troops. The federation says the Middle East is the world's most dangerous place for reporters, with a total of 38 deaths throughout the region in 2005. The Philippines, which recorded 10 killings last year, is listed as the second most dangerous locale for news-industry workers.

Twenty journalists were killed in South Asia, six of them in Pakistan. The I.F.J. reports an additional 12 killings in Latin America and six each in Europe and Africa.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.