Maguindanao carnage worst for the press
The election-related massacre of at least a dozen journalists in Maguindanao province on Monday is among the deadliest single events recorded for the press worldwide.
Research by the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists showed the death toll in Monday’s carnage exceeded the fatalities in the attack on the Al-Shaabiya television station in Baghdad in 2006. Eleven were killed in the incident, five of them journalists and the rest media support workers.
The other deadly events, according to CPJ, occurred in the 1990s: A car bomb killed five journalists for Eenadu Television, or E-TV, who were on assignment in Hyderabad, India in 1997, while four died during a gun battle between Communist hardliners and Russian special forces over control of Ostankino Television Center in Moscow in 1993.
“Never in the history of journalism have the news media suffered such a heavy loss of life in one day,” Reporters Without Borders said.
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