International Journalists Twice as Likely to Die on the Job as US Coal Miners: 46 Journalists Killed in 2011
April 30th, 2012
By Barry Secrest
Matthews, NC-- When we look at the various industries and the risks involved in each, coal mining seems to top the list as an extraordinarily hazardous occupation operated on the basis of profit. But in fact, there is another type of operation, run also for the sake of commercial success, which would appear to make US coal mining seem relatively benign in retrospect.
There were 21 coal mining deaths in the US in 2011; however, that number pales noticeably in comparison to the number of journalists killed on the job in 2011. There were, in fact, 46 deaths in the world of news reporting in 2011, making international journalism twice as deadly an occupation as US coal mining in 2011.
However, the year of 2011 appeared to be a relatively lucky year for international journalists.
The lowest recorded number of US coal miners killed was in 2009, when there were only 18 deaths. However, even here, in a head to head comparison, a whopping 74 journalists met their untimely demise in 2009, which is a rate of over 400% the number of US coal miners killed. Even worse, in 2009, 72% of all journalists' deaths were by murder, while, according to available MHSA numbers, none of the coal miners were victims of actual foul play on the job.