The International Press Institute (IPI) came out with its six month “death watch” report today. The good news is that the number of journalists killed so far this year has gone down (38 in 2010 compared to 43 at the same point last year). The bad news is that Latin America has overtaken Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East as the most dangerous region for journalists to work in. Honduras and Mexico, specifically, have become the most dangerous countries, with eight journalists killed in Honduras and seven killed in Mexico by the end of June. Furthermore, the article doesn’t mention this, but Mexico’s tally has actually increased to ten since June. It comes as no surprise that most of these journalists were reporting on corruption, although it is a bit disturbing to know that globally corruption has now overtaken war as the most dangerous subject for journalists to cover (although, admittedly, there’s bound to be some overlap between what constitutes corruption and war, especially in Mexico).

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