According to the Afghan non-governmental organisation Nai, the 10-year conflict has left 22 journalists dead, 6 of whom were women, and seen 23 journalists kidnapped. Nai’s figures for violence and intimidation against journalists runs into the hundreds.
… But a particularly disturbing trend is the specific targeting of journalists, their abductions or summary executions. Over the past five years, the leading cause of death among journalists in warzones has become murder.
Especially significant is the threat faced by local journalists - just look at the figures of the number of journalists killed in, for example, the Philippines and Mexico.
90% of asylum seekers win refugee status
April 22, 2009
More than 90 per cent of the “queue jumping” asylum seekers who risk their lives to get to Australia illegally by boat later win refugee status, a refugee advocacy group says.
A new debate about boat people has been triggered by the deadly explosion on an Afghan asylum seekers’ boat off Ashmore Reef last Thursday.
But Pamela Curr of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre said most people who arrived here by boat eventually succeeded in their applications for refugee status, while the increase in numbers reflects the global growth in the number of asylum applicants. MORE