More journalists killed in Iraq than any other war

Apr 11, 2013

A man holding his baby sits on a stretcher at the site where two car bombs detonated in a central Baghdad residential neighborhood, on Friday, Nov. 18, 2005.
Credit Hadi Mizban / AP Images

Ten years ago this week, U.S. and British troops took control of Baghdad. A tank crew helped Iraqis pull down an enormous bronze statue of Saddam Hussein in the center of the capital. The toppling became a symbol of victory over the dictator’s regime.

The invasion of Iraq lasted weeks, but the occupation went on for years. The insurgency was fueled by sectarian conflicts and amplified by terrorist organizations. For journalists, this was by far the deadliest war on record. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, over 150 journalists were killed in Iraq since the beginning of hostilities in March 2003.

To learn more about the dangers facing journalists in Iraq, as well as the current state of the media, Global Journalist spoke to several veteran reporters and experts.


Stephen Farrell, New York Times metro reporter

Osama Al-Habahbeh, manager, International Media Support

Reese Erlich, journalist and author of Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You