Letters to the Editor

Journalists risk lives, but stories buried

For the fifth year in a row, Iraq was the deadliest place to be a journalist, with 31 of the 64 deaths worldwide occurring there.

"Working as a journalist in Iraq remains one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet," wrote Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. "Members of the press are being hunted down and murdered with alarming regularity." In addition, 12 news media support workers died in Iraq in 2007.

The CPJ report noted that since the war began in 2003, 124 journalists and 49 media workers have been killed in Iraq.

And yet, Bee readers have to go all the way to inside pages to read this information that these journalists are risking their lives to report. One day I had to go past an article on three dogs that inherited $400,000 to get to Iraq war coverage. You may not take freedom of the press for granted, Mr. Vasché, but you sure aren't giving its pursuit its due respect. Please move coverage of the Iraq war back to the front page, where it should be. Our country is at war and you are placing that story on a different page each day.

MARK CONDIT

Manteca

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