Journalist death toll down in 2008, rises again in early ’09

The 2008 death toll in journalism, reported the International Federation of Journalists, was 109 reporters and other news media workers killed on assignment. That figure looks better than 175 deaths last year but the federation warned that a wave of killings in January this year could mean 2008 was a short respite.

Iraq remained the most lethal place for a journalist to work.