February 11, 2008 / 7:35 PM / 12 years ago

Two CBS journalists missing in Iraq

Members of the press stand outside the CBS Broadcast Center in New York on January 10, 2005. Two journalists working for CBS News have gone missing in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, the company said in a statement. REUTERS/Peter Morgan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two journalists working for CBS News have gone missing in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, the company said in a statement.

“All efforts are under way to find them and until we learn more details, CBS News requests that others do not speculate on the identities of those involved. CBS News has been in touch with the families and asks that their privacy be respected,” CBS News said in a statement.

Iraq has become extremely hazardous for journalists, raising concerns about the diminished amount of information about the war that is available to the public.

The Committee to Protect Journalists in a recent report called the Iraq war “the deadliest conflict for journalists in recent history,” with 125 journalists and 49 support workers killed since the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Reporting by Daniel Trotta, editing by Sandra Maler

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