Media Group: 134 Reporters Killed In ’07

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — A journalists group says at least 134 news media workers were killed while on assignment in 2007.

Most died in Iraq, which has become the most dangerous place for journalists since the start of the U.S.-led war there.

The International Federation of Journalists, based in Brussels, says the Middle East was by far the deadliest region with 68 killings. That’s followed by Somalia with eight killed, Pakistan with seven, Mexico and Sri Lanka each with six, and the Philippines with five.

In addition to the 134 killings in 2007, 37 media workers died accidentally on the job, bringing the total number of deaths for the year to 171.

The numbers represented a slight decrease from 2006, when at least 177 deaths were reported worldwide.