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House of journalists
Persecuted reporters from across the world who find sanctuary in Paris.
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2009 12:35 GMT

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In 2007, 86 journalists were killed, simply for doing their job. The majority of these were in Iraq, but the list of dangerous places in which telling the truth can get you killed, is long and varied.

The situation is so bad in many places that journalists are forced to flee. But there is one place where haunted and hunted journalists can feel safe, and it is in Paris, La Maison des Journalistes.

The idea of a shelter for journalists may sound bizarre but it is a reflection of the reality today. The refuge was established in 2002, the brainchild of Philippe Spinau and Daniele Owayon.

Today, it is home to 15 men and women, persecuted for telling the truth. The home gives them a refuge for 6 months, and a chance to start a new life.

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Al Jazeera
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