According to Reporters Without Borders, 76 journalists were killed in 2009, up from 60 in 2008. Thirty of those killed were in a single incident in the Philippines, the largest mass-killing of journalists ever.
Here are some other pertinent numbers:
33 journalists kidnapped
573 journalists arrested
1456 physically assaulted
570 media censored
157 journalists fled their countries
1 blogger died in prison
151 bloggers and cyber-dissidents arrested
61 physically assaulted
60 countries affected by online censorship
Much more detailed information about the state of journalism in 2009 is available on the Reporters Without Borders Web site.
Do you think 2010 will be a better year for press freedom?