Iraq was the most dangerous place for journalists last year, according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in Huffington Post article.
In the same report, it noted that 109 media staff died last year. Since Sri Lankan editor Lasantha Wickrematunge’s self-penned obituary was published in early January, 9 other journalists have been killed in the course of their work in the same month.
Just today, IFJ learnt about the death of another Sri Lankan journalist, who succumbed to injuries sustained in an artillery attack by the Sri Lankan Army on February 12.
“Local and foreign media organisations in Sri Lanka have been besieged by a campaign of intimidation led by senior Government officials seeking to shut down all independent sources of information about the ground realities of the war,” it wrote in a press release, calling for the Sri Lankan government to clarify the circumstances of his death.
To remember these fallen journalists, a museum and memorial was opened in Washington last year. This video takes a look at the memorial, and explores the common thread tying these journalists together: what it takes to to work in dangerous areas of the world.