As our first posting of 2009, a look back at 2008 and the Reporters Without Borders depressing numbers about press freedom.
60 journalists were killed
1 media assistant was killed
673 journalists were arrested
929 were physically attacked or threatened
353 media outlets were censored
29 journalists were kidnapped
1 blogger was killed
59 bloggers were arrested
45 were physically attacked
1,740 websites were blocked, shut down or suspended
For comparison, in 2007:
86 journalists were killed
20 media assistants were killed
887 journalists were arrested
1,511 were physically attacked or threatened
528 media outlets were censored
67 journalists were kidnapped
Yes, there's been some improvement in 2008, but the numbers are still bad.
The full report is below. Post your comments, please.