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Report: Algeria most dangerous spot for journalists

March 14, 1997
Web posted at: 12:30 p.m. (1730 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Twenty-six journalists were murdered in 1996, down more than 50 percent from the previous year. But 24 countries held a record 185 reporters in jail at the end the year, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday..

The committee, in its annual report said Algeria, where seven journalists were slain in 1996, was the least safe place for reporters. Since 1993, 59 journalists have been killed in Algeria, the report said.

Turkish prisons held 78 journalists in prison, according to the report. That number is more than the next five countries combined: Ethiopia, 18; China, 17; Kuwait, 15; Nigeria, eight; and Burma, eight.

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