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Commentary :: International : Media
56 dead - But Journalists Are Killers too !
10 Jan 2005
Thirty-six of the 56 journalists who died in the line of duty in 2004 were murdered, continuing a long-term trend documented by CPJ.
56 dead - But Journalists Are Killers too !
In a year of war, murder still tops the causes of work deaths for journalists.

FPF/CPJ-Update - January 10th - 2005 - In a press release the 'Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ)* a few days ago stated that last year 36 of the 56 journalists who died were murdered.

"Even in a year of combat casualties brought on by war, murder remained the leading cause of work-related deaths among journalists worldwide in 2004, an analysis by the 'Committee to Protect Journalists' has found.

Thirty-six of the 56 journalists who died in the line of duty in 2004 were murdered, continuing a long-term trend documented by CPJ.

The organization's annual year-end analysis reinforced another trend - the killers usually go unpunished. In all but nine cases in 2004, CPJ found, the murders were carried out with impunity.

The toll traverses the globe - from the Philippines, where eight journalists were slain in a shocking series of attacks; to Mexico, where drug-fueled violence claimed the lives of two journalists; to the Gambia, where editor and press freedom advocate Deyda Hydara was gunned down just days after denouncing a repressive new press law." [More below*]

In an article which was first published 33 months ago*, a very negative side of the present media situation and 'journalism' was described, and the question asked
'whether journalists are killers too?'.

One should first have a good look at 'how and why' journalists were killed. And in most cases they - and many times people working with them - lost their lives
because of their work as journalists.

They either died 'in the line of duty', or were deliberately targeted for assassination - even with "friendly fire" by their own governments - because of their honest and different reporting, or even their affiliation with a news organization. [Media Deaths by the US Army -]

So, the question which should be answered is still the following : are journalists and foreign correspondents killers too...?

The answer, based on my this far four decades of experience abroad, is an unequivocal YES!



They make killing possible when they obey orders to withhold information from the public or publish false material. They help killing when they use their job as a
"cover" and cooperate with the NSA/CIA, MIS, Mossad, MI5 or 6, AIVD, SEDEC, BND, SÄPO or other 'intelligence agencies', which however very seldom or never seem to come up with 'intelligent' answers.

The very underreported D-Notice and the BBC.

A despicable and rather unknown example of absolute british censorship is the infamous "D-Notice" in "time of emergency".

When the government c.q. military in London sees it fit to order censorship on for instance all media and their journalists in the "British Empire" the D-Notice is used to further their own interest. And withhold information from the people which are entitled to it. The irony being that the 'Brits' are even forced to pay the salaries of their censors.
[D-Notice - Url.:]

It is quite clear and understood, that of course the BBC is only half as reliable as people think. As a Dutch foreign correspondent I've sometimes worked (in English and German) for the BBC when asked, without ever signing the by them offered contract. But 'striked' and refused for weeks to work for them during the 1st Gulf War period too, accusing them of faking and distorting the facts.
Which they did and do.

Like they have been doing all the time in their 'fellow traveling' with the 'Bush Junta' - the lawless Washingtonian and many times Zionist Neocons in Kissinger's and "Wolfowitz 5th Colonne".

Because of the 'Oxford accent' the BBC propaganda is noticed less, but there is enough proof that the management and many 'journalists' from the BBC - as british Quislings have advocated and still are covering up - the present illegal war and global destruction by the US/israeli and british deadly New World order-managers.

[Answer to HR by the BBC's News director -]

Contrary to many of my colleagues all over the world, many people like me refuse to take part in the immense and disgraceful stream of small lies, bigger lies and US publicity companies fakes, published hourly in their ''War on Terrorism"-press handouts.

In the media and for opportunistic reasons it of course is denied, but by conforming to the wishes of the global US- propaganda- and war machine, too many 'editors', journalists and correspondents already have been - and are - an active part of the global killing and destruction.

And as such guilty by association of war crimes, which is punishable by law in the hopefully nearby future's 'War Crimes Tribunals'.

Why should the media inform the people they are supposed to work for?

Because publication of made observations can in many cases prevent bigger disasters, like President John F. Kennedy told some New York Times editors.

"If you had published what you knew in advance; the whole Bay of 'Pigs'-disaster would never have taken place", Kennedy afterwards told the collaborating editors.

Whom - contrary to all good journalistic manners and style - had given in to the wishes and/or demands of the White House, not to publish the material they had.

Worse is happening now since a couple of years, when anyone in the 'White Haus', the NSA/CIA or the Pentagon wants to attack another energy-rich country, they'll get their media to cooperate.

The majority of the worlds mainstream journalists - especially via the by the war industry's owned major news agencies - has actively taken part in the war by
"preparing" American, and 'massaging' so-called 'Western public opinion'. All to acquire that way also the public support for the US-Congress and the war machine it has become to represent, for an attack on whatever they feel like.

Including fabricating a crisis in the Social Security system in the US, eloquently described by New York Times writer Paul Krugman* and many other critical observers in the US. Krugman seems to be one of the few sane writers/reporters left at the warmongering rag the New York Times through 'owner rule' has become - HR)

Journalists will cooperate and as such they are collaborators in the the 'Killing Fields'.


A good example is given by Uri Avnery - the well known jewish writer and journalist - who still lives in Israel. He has written extensively about the life and career of Ariel Sharon, and Avnery gave this example about "Iran, the media and the war preparation".

Concerning Iran, the media war and the Mossad's 'False Flag Operation' with the arms ship the 'Karina A' - Avnery wrote about the presented media fakes:

" For this, Israel's good services are needed. It has an enormous influence in the US Congress and the media. It works like this: Israeli generals declare every day that 'Iran is producing weapons of mass destruction and threatens the Jewish State with a second Holocaust'.

Sharon, (who is a sought after war criminal) - announces that the capture of the Iranian arms ship proves Arafat is (was - HR) a part of 'the Iranian conspiracy'.

Peres tells everybody that 'Iranian missiles threaten the whole world'.

(And every day some pro-war - mostly zionist newspapers - like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal. Washington Post, Newsweek or the TV channels FOX, CNN, ABC (also called ABCIA) NBC etc. - or other spoofing medium - tell their misled readers, viewers and listeners that the CIA trained Bin Laden is in Iran or with the Hizbullah in Lebanon.)

(Example: NYTimes-fake on Arafat and Iran -
Url.: - HR)

Avnery: "President Bush knows how to reward those who serve him well. Sharon got a free hand to oppress the Palestinians, imprison Arafat, assassinate militants and enlarge the settlements.

It's a simple deal: You (Israel) deliver the support of the US Congress and the media, I deliver the Palestinians on a platter." [Avnery - end quote]

And - for nearly everybody to see every day in the so-called 'News'-papers: the main part of the 'journalists' tag and keep trotting along and as such are guilty by association.


So, yes, journalists that do not use the information they have about crimes against humanity in whatever form and whatever place, concerning whatever government
- including the worst sinners right now - the United States and Israel: if those journalists don't speak up they are an active part of the killing and guilty as such.

Guilty also of not being able to understand that tomorrow it may well be their turn. Or will they just go on, this time covering and excusing the concentration
[FEMA -]

Journalists and editors that do not speak up, but do take part in the present global killing spree called "War OF Terrorism", do not deserve to be called journalists.

They are their Master's Voices, and as such a disgrace to our profession.

Those "journalists" and their media-ilk are propagandists and collaborators; making our world a still worse place to live in.

Those also are the ones, recognizing themselves, who will never publish this article...


'First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist, so I said nothing.

Then they came for the Social Democrats, but I was not a Social Democrat, so I did nothing.

Then came the trade unionists, but I was not a trade unionist.

And then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did little.

Then when they came for me:

there was no one left to stand up for me.'

Pastor Martin Niemöller*

[and end ]

Footnote: People use the quotation to imply different meanings – even altering it to suit their purpose. 

When Time magazine used the quotation, they moved the Jews to the first place (US style journalism ?) and dropped both the communists and the social democrats.

American vice-president Al Gore likes to quote the lines, but drops the trade unionists for good measure.

Gore and Time also added Roman Catholics, who weren't on Niemöller's list at all. In the heavily Catholic city of Boston, Catholics were added to the quotation inscribed on its Holocaust memorial.

The US Holocaust Museum drops the Communists but not the Social Democrats; other versions have added homosexuals.
- HR


* More CPJ information at - Url.:

* Murdered journalists - Url.:

* New York -Times-fake on Arafat and Iran -

* HR on BBC -

* New York Times - Krugman - the Social Security fake crisis - Url.:

* Pastor Martin Niemöller - Url.:

* 33 Months ago - Journalists are killers too -

Editor : Henk Ruyssenaars
The Netherlands
FPF (at)

The Dutch author has this far worked abroad for 4 decades for international media, as a foreign correspondent, of which 10 years - also during Gulf War I - in the Arab World and the Middle East.

Seeing worldwide that every bullet and every bomb breeds more terrorism! (Former US Senator Hollings agrees

Help the troops come home ! We need them badly to fight our 'governments':


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