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Journalists being killed at 'astonishing pace'
Reporters Without Borders says journalists being killed at 'astonishing pace' _ 67 in 2011
By The Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) ' On World Press Freedom Day, Reporters Without Borders is condemning the "astonishing pace" of attacks on journalists, with 67 killed in 2011 and 22 more deaths since the beginning of the year.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the attacks "outrageous" and urged all countries to prevent and prosecute violence against the media and take action to ensure the safety of journalists and freedom of the press.

At Thursday's U.N. commemoration of Press Freedom Day, Ban asked participants to observe a minute of silence "in honor of the journalists who were killed in the line of duty last year."

Ireland's President Michael Higgins told the commemoration that their deaths demonstrate journalists' "vulnerability to intimidation, violence and persecution."

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