UPDATED: Iraq is now the deadliest war ever â€” for journalists.
It looks like that number just crept up a bit. Waleed Khaled, a Reuters soundman was shot in the head and killed while his cameraman Haider Khadem was wounded. According to Reuters colleagues who arrived shortly after the shooting Khaled was alive when the soldiers arrived but they refused to give him water or medical attention and forced them to sit in the hot sun.
Magpie reports: "According to Reporters without Borders, 56 journalists or assistants have been killed since the war in Iraq began, with the deaths occurring at a much faster rate than during the Vietnam War."
"While 63 journalists lost their lives in Vietnam, those deaths came over a period of 20 years. The 66 deaths in Iraq have happened in less than 3 years."
RPB also notes that two journalists are missing -- both for over a year. (Pacific Views)