Gunmen dragged freelance journalist Sirwa Abdel Wahab from a taxi and fatally shot her in the head on May 4 in Mosul, Iraq, reported CBC, Agence France-Presse, Reuters, etc. “Her death brings to 212 the number of journalists and media assistants killed in Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003,” said Reporters without Borders.
In the U.S., which owns this war, fewer and fewer journalists (and citizens?) are paying attention. Iraq War Coverage Plunges is the headline on the latest statistics from the Project for Excellence in Journalism. “Even as violence in Iraq increased, events on the ground in Iraq accounted for only 3 percent of news coverage, and the Iraq policy debate accounted for another 3 percent,” noted a Boston Globe column, with a headline that asks, We’re in a war – where are the media?
Answer: getting shot.