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Panpa Bulletin : November December 2006
14 | PANPA BULLETIN November--December 2006 YEAR IN REVIEW on Oprah came a droll suggestion from The Chaser that they might wish to be buried again. There was the dramatic exit of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, killed by a stingray on September 5 as he was filming on the Great Barrier Reef off far north Queensland. Irwin's wide-eyed, larger-than-life persona amplified the impact of his passing. Crimes against the press As we went to press in late November, WAN's list of journalists and media killed in the line of duty numbered 102, making 2006 a disastrous year for those practising at the dangerous end of the profession. The number is nearly double the 2005 total of 58. Major hot spots: Iraq took the credit for 43 deaths; the Philippines eight; Guyana six; Mexico and Sri Lanka five each; Colombia and Pakistan four each; Afghanistan, Russia and Venezuela three each. Most prominent was Russian investi- gative writer Anna Politkovskaya, a tire- less campaigner against the Putin regime, particularly for its human rights abuses in Chechnya. She was found shot dead in the lift of her apartment block on October 7. Reporters Sans Frontieres, meanwhile, reports 139 journalists, three media assist- ants and 59 cyberdissidents are imprisoned around the world. Rich and famous There were celebrity weddings -- Tom and Katie, Nicole and Keith. And celebrity bust-ups, with top billing on that front going to the Mills McCartneys. And celebrity croppers -- Keith Urban exit- ed the bridal suite and caught a limo to rehab, while Russ and Naomi demonstrated anger management techniques on the phone. Shortly after US vice-president Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth hit movie screens, as the people of Tuvalu won- der how long their homeland will remain in evidence above the sea, and snow falls on a bushfire in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney in November, coverage of climate change spiked noticeably in the final quarter of the year. Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead on October 7 -- her arch nemesis, Russian president Vladimir Putin s birthday. Bindi Irwin speaks at father Steve s memo- rial service. His death conferred instant stardom on the eight year-old. Ian Thorpe is farewelled by a media scrum as he leaves the press conference announcing his retirement In November came Ian Thorpe's departure from professional swimming, announced with a grace and humility beyond his 24 years. A combination of good looks, gentle dignity on land and brute force in the water made Thorpe the stuff of dreams for swimming aficionados and marketers alike, building him an unprecedented fan base around the world. His decision doubtless did not make a great day for organisers of the Beijing Olympics. Thorpe has a huge fan base across Asia. continued from page 13 US-based singer Keith Urban married Nicole Kidman and headed o to rehab Source: AAP images Source: AAP images Source: AAP images Source: AAP images