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101 JOURNALISTS KILLED THIS YEAR, GROUP REPORTS

More than 100 journalists have been killed since January, making 2004 the most deadly year for journalists in a decade, an international media rights group said.

The slayings of three journalists in recent days in Ivory Coast, Nicaragua and the Philippines pushed this year's total to 101, according to the International Federation of Journalists.

The organization recorded 83 killings of media staff in 2003 and 70 in 2002. The most deadly year for journalists since the organization began compiling annual reports in 1988 was 1994, when 115 were killed, including 48 during the genocide in Rwanda.

The federation highlighted the dangers in Iraq, where it said 62 journalists have been killed since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.