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Journalists & media staff killed list in 2013

Afghanistan

14 May 2013

A journalist based in Laghman province, was killed by an unknown assailant in Kandi Rijaee village, in the Alingar district of the eastern Laghman province, according to the Afghanistan Independent Journalists' Association (AIJA), an affiliated of the International Federation of Journalists. The AIJA said Turak was violently stabbed and his body was left outside the village where he was killed.

Brazil

28 May 2013

February 22 The 51 year-old journalist for Radio Jaguaribe FM, was shot dead by men on motorbike as he was walking to work, media reports said. He was hit twice in the head and three times in the chest, police said. Gois, a popular host of a daily political talk show programme where he regularly denounced corruption, had reportedly received threats from anonymous callers. Source: Al Jazeera

08 February 2013

The manager of Radio Barra FM based in the city of Sao Joao da Barra, Río de Janeiro was shot as he was returning home by a gunman on a motorcycle who called out his name and shot him at least three times. The victim was taken to hospital where he died of his wounds. Media report quoted family sources as saying that the incident was recorded on security cameras but no arrest has been made.

14 April 2013

The photographer who worked for Vale do Aço newspaper was killed near the town of Ipatinga in the state of Minas Gerais. He was shot twice in the back by a gunman on a motorcycle as he was sitting in a restaurant. The photographer worked for the “Vale do Aço” newspaper. In March 8th 2013, a reporter who covered police issues for the same newspaper, Rodrigo Neto, was killed in Ipatinga. The MO was basically the same: a gunman, a motorcycle, a bar. According to the Association of Investigative Journalism in Brazil ( Abraji), an anonymous caller to the State House of Representatives claimed that Walgney knew who might have killed Rodrigo Neto, a crime reporter who had been murdered in Ipatinga. The victim had also been shot dead in a restaurant by man on motorcycle.

09 March 2013

The radio reporter and columnist was gunned down at his home in Ipatinga, a city in Brazil's Minas Gerais state, according to news reports quoting officials. He was shot by two unknown gunmen on a motorcycle when he arrived home after an evening out with friends. The journalist, who hosted a program on Radio Vanguarda and wrote a columnist for the Ipatinga daily Vale do Aco, had  reportedly denounced corruption among the police and organised crime in Belo Horizonte, the state capital, and had been receiving frequent death threats.The country’s Human Rights Minister, Maria do Rosario conceded this was a targeted killing, tweeting that the journalist's death "has characteristics of an execution, a crime against life and an attack on human rights freedom. ...

Colombia

28 September 2013

The newspaper vendor was shot several times by unidentified attackers in the town of Caicedonia in the western province of Valle del Cauca of Colombia, according to media reports. Arenas was attacked while he was selling copies of a regional daily , Extra Quindío , which ran a story of complaints by relatives of inmates at the Caicedonia prison who accused guards of mistreating them. Journalist Andrés Mauricio Osorio said that Arenas, who served as the paper's unofficial stringer because it had no permanent reporter in the town, had approached him with the story, helped find sources and then taken photographs. After his murder, another vendor quoted in the story received a threatening phone call with a message. “First one down. ...

11 September 2013

The presenter for Puerto Berrío stereo community radio was shot dead by a gunman on a motorcycle as he left the station’s offices with his wife. He was hit four times in an attach which left his wife also injured. Molina , who was also a lawyer, hosted a regular program ‘Consultorio Jurídico ‘, a legal advice call-in show and had received death threat s before his murder, according to reports. Two weeks before he was murdered, rocks had been thrown at his law office. A few minutes after the killing, Puerto Berrío city councilman Francisco Villa said he had received a phone call warning that he would be the next victim, according to Reporters Without Borders.

29 July 2013

According to eyewitness reports, Gomez was gunned down by two assailants upon his arrival at Radio Guadalajara where he presented a morning ‘Talk-Back’ programme.

Democratic Republic of Congo

17 May 2013

The body of Guylain Chanjabo, a journalist for Radio Canal Révélation based in Bunia, the provincial capital of Ituri in the north eastern Congo, was found on the bank of the Ngezi River. He had been missing for twelve days. The Syndicat national des professionnels de la presse (SNPP), an IFJ affiliate, said that Chanjabo’s disappearance sparked a protest by his colleagues who stopped work for one day. His body reportedly had marks of strangulation, according to the local mayor Ferdinand Fimbo.The journalist had to be laid to rest near the river because his body was in advanced state of decay.

Ecuador

11 April 2013

The former employee of privately-owned TV stations Ecuavisa, Teleamazonas and TC Televisión, who worked as a freelance journalist and a PR consultant was killed by a gunman who shot him three times. Valdivieso was killed as he got out of his car when his attacker came up to him and opened fire from close range. The victim was rushed to hospital but he died there. Media reports quoted relatives and friends of the journalist as saying that he had escaped an attempted murder the day before.

Egypt

28 June 2013

Mr Hassan, 38, who worked for the local Shaab Misr newspaper, was killed on 28 June in an explosion that is believed to have been caused by a home-made hand grenade while reporting on a protest against Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, in the city’s Al-Shuhada Square. "We mourn the death of our colleague who was senselessly murdered while carrying out his professional duty," said IFJ President Jim Boumelha. “Mr Hassan, who leaves a wife and two children, was a dedicated journalist who was there to observe and report on the protest. Those responsible for his brutal murder must be brought to justice and pay for their crimes." Another 15 people were injured by the explosion. ...

19 August 2013

The regional bureau chief of Egypt's daily Al Ahram was shot by soldiers at an army check point shortly after the start of the curfew in Damanhur in the Nile delta province of Buheira. Another journalist, Hamed Al Barbari, a reporter for the daily Al Gumhuria, who was travelling with him in the car, was also shot in the hand and leg and has beeen hospitalised. "It is shocking that trigger-happy security forces shoot to kill without any attempt to establish the identity of the journalists. This seems to be a case of shoot first and ask questions later, which is unacceptable," said IFJ President Jim Boumelha. ...

14 August 2013

Four journalists were killed as Egyptian security forces moved in to break up the pro- Morsi sit-ins in Cairo. Ahmed Abdel Gawad , reporter for Al Akhbar newspaper and for Canal Misr 25, was killed while covering the crackdown at Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque. Sky News cameraman Mick Deane was shot while covering the violence and died soon after he was treated for his injuries. Photographer Mosab El-Shami for Rassd news website (RNN) was also shot dead near the mosque. Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, who worked for the UAE-based Xpress newspaper, died from gunshot wounds but her newspaper confirmed she was not on any official assignment but had gone home on annual leave. ...

08 July 2013

The photographer (26) was shot dead by a sniper while covering clashes between security forces and pro-Morsi protestors at the Republican Guards’ headquarters in Cairo.

Guatemala

07 April 2013

The director of Radio Stereo Café and owner of the TV cable channel Café TV was killed in the department of Jutiapa, near the Salvadoran border, according to the Guatemalan Information Centre. The victim, who was also Vice president of the Jutiapa Association of Journalists, was killed by a gunman who followed him in a pharmacy and shot him. The attacker escaped on a waiting motorcycle driven by an accomplice. He was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards.

20 March 2013

The journalist for Nuestro Diario newspaper was shot and fatally wounded in the city of Pedro de Alvarado in the eastern Guatemalan province of Jutiapa near the border with El Salvador, the newspaper said in a statement. The 63 – year old former schoolteacher who joined the paper three years earlier was with three friends when gunmen travelling in a tractor opened fire, killing the journalist and wounding two of his friends. Nuestro Diario is known for its hard hitting coverage of crime and violence in Guatemala, where it is estimated that 16 homicides take place a day. Source: Knight Center

Haiti

23 March 2013

The editor–in-chief of the Haiti Progress newspaper was shot dead outside his home in Port au Prince by armed men who were riding a motorcycle. Media reports said that he had received death threats from reportedly political activists who form grass roots organisations in the country.

Honduras

09 October 2013

The photographer who formerly worked for deposed President Manuel Zelaya was found dead in Tegucigalpa, three years after the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requested that the Honduran state to guarantee the photographer's "life and personal integrity". According to the Honduras press-freedom group C-Libre as well as media reports, the body of Manuel de Jesús Murillo Varela, 32, was first identified on Oct. 16 after having apparently been shot to death one week earlier. On Feb. 25, 2010, the IACHR, the human-rights arm of the Organization of American States (OAS), formally asked the Honduran government to adopt "precautionary measures" to protect the life of Murillo Varela, fellow cameraman Ricardo Antonio Rodríguez, and their families. ...

07 December 2013

The local correspondent for national broadcaster Radio y TV Globo, was shot dead outside his home in the southeastern municipality of Danlí . Media reports quoted TV Globo chief David Romero Ellner as saying that Argeñal had received threats after exposing a case of corruption in a local hospital. His murder could also be linked to his well-known support for Liberty and Refoundation, the party led by Xiomara Castro, a candidate in the 24 November presidential election and wife of Manuel Zelaya, the president ousted by the 2009 coup, reports added.

10 July 2013

The correspondent of Globo TV in San Pedro of Sula was kidnapped on 24 June as he was driving near the Olympic stadium. A few hours later, his truck was found in a sugar plantation located in the Villanueva Balsam. The journalist’s lifeless body was also found on 10 July dumped in a lagoon. According to the testimony of a protected suspect linked to the killing, Anibal Barrow was killed shortly after being kidnapped with a bullet in his left temple.

India

27 April 2013

The part-time reporter for Prabhat Khabha r newspaper was killed in Khunti district, Jharkhand state, according to media reports. Members of the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a breakaway Maoist faction, claimed responsibility. In a letter found in Singh's pocket, the PLFI said “"No one can work in the area without approval of the PLFI," according to media, adding that Singh had written about activities of the rebels for the past 16 years.

06 December 2013

The correspondent of The Times of India newspaper died en route to hospital after being attacked with sharp edged weapons near a market in Basaguda in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. The Times of India reported that the attackers were Maoists and that Reddy had received multiple threats in the months leading up to his murder.

07 September 2013

According to information received by the IFJ affiliate, the National Union of Journalists ofIndia (NUJ-I), cameraman Rajesh Verma who worked for the IBN 7, a cable channel which broadcasts in English, Hindi, Marathi and other languages all across India, and a freelance photographer identified only by the single name Israr, were attacked by a mob dispersing after a meeting in Muzaffarnagar town on 7 September. Both had been assigned to cover the meeting and seem to have been attacked with deliberate intent. Rajesh Verma was shot through the chest and Israr died of serious injuries inflicted by blunt objects. An estimated twenty-seven people have been killed in communal rioting that broke out in Muzaffarnagar district on Saturday, 7 September. ...

23 August 2013

The reporter for Dainik Aa j newspaper in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh was shot dead by unidentified gunmen, according to Reporters Without Borders. The Paris based pressure group said that the victim received a call on his mobile phone shortly after returning home on the evening of 23 August. He left home for the city’s Bakewar district and was killed on the way by gunmen who shot him several times on the Bharthana road, according to police sources. Nation News Channel journalist Vikas Sharma was quoted by Reporters Without Borders as saying that the journalist was killed because of his reporting on criminal groups operating in Etawah and elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh. Police superintendent N. ...

13 February 2013

The 45-year-old journalist based in Tongapal, the tribal Sukma district in the South Bastar area of Chhattisgarh, in central India, was found dead with his throat slit. His body was discovered on the road in the Leda village of the area, around four kilometres away from Tongapal. A note clipped to his belt accused the journalist of being a police informer, according to investigations by the Times of India.Reports said that Jain, who worked for the region’s Hindi dailies Hari Bhoomi and Dainik Bhaskar, had gone to the weekly market in Nama village on Tuesday and never returned. Initial commentaries expressed suspicion of involvement by the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist). ...

19 May 2013

The three employees of  the Bengali language daily, Dainik Ganadoot, were killed during a frenzy attack on the newspaper’s office in Agartala, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Tripura. Sources in the Tripura Journalists’ Union (TJU) inform the IFJ that three masked assailants made a forced entry into the office of the newspaper at around 3 p.m., and made their way up to the first floor of the building, where the editor, Sushil Choudhary lives. While searching for the editor, the assailants ran into Ranjit Choudhary, manager of the newspaper and repeatedly stabbed him, in an apparent case of mistaken identity. On their way out of the building, the attackers stabbed Sujit Bhattacharjee, a proof-reader for the newspaper, who just happened to be in their way. ...

20 August 2013

The editor of Sadhana , a weekly Marathi-language magazine, was killed by two unidentified gunmen on motorcycles in the city of Pune early today, according to Agence France-Presse. He was shot in the neck and back, suffering fatal injurines from which he died, police said. Dabholkar’s magazine promotes scientific thought and covers topics including caste, politics, and religion. Dabholkar used to lecture and write on rationalism and scientific thinking in India, a country where superstitious beliefs are still rampant, according to reports.

Iraq

09 June 2013

The body of well-known journalist, Zamel Ghannam al Zoubaie, was found in the al Washwash area of western Baghdad on Sunday, according to  the IFJ affiliate, the Iraqi Journalists' Syndicate (IJS). He had been killed in a terrorist attack, the IJS said. Mr Zoubaie was a member of the IJS since the 1980's. He worked for the Iraqi News Agency from the 90's up to 2004 and then worked as a freelancer for a number of media organisations in Iraq.

24 October 2013

The cameraman for Al-Mosuliya television station was killed by gunmen outside his house, according to police sources quoted in media. He was the third journalist be killed in Mosul in the month of October as violence gripped the media community in the restive northern city of Iraq.

27 November 2013

According to IFJ affiliate, the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate (IJS), the 41- year old cameraman for TV station Nivenehe Al-Ghad, was shot three times in the head and chest by unidentified gunmen and died on the spot. The murder took place in Mosul, the capital of the country's northern province of Niveneh. Anwar had previously worked for Al-Rashid TV and for other TV stations as a freelance cameraman.

27 November 2013

The journalist working for a TV channel was killed in Basra province by random shots fired by mourners of the funeral of Sheikh Ghanim clans, according to security sources quoted in media. “The mourners of the funeral of Sheikh Othman Ghanim in al-Zubair district shot randomly as an expression of grief, but one of the bullets hit the reporter and photographer of Baghdad Satellite Channel, Wadah al-Hamdani ,” the source told Shafaq News. He added that the bullet hit his neck as killed him immediately. Source: Shafaq News

02 December 2013

The 43 – year old independent reporter who contributed to a number of news organisations in Iraq was shot to death in the northern city of Mosul. There was no immediate information on who carried out the attack.

05 December 2013

The editor of Rayal magazine and correspondent Awene newspaper was shot dead outside his home in Kalar, South Kurdistan. Reports said that he died in a hail of bullets, in front of his mother.Three days ago, Kawa had announced on his Facebook page that he had documents relating to a corruption case that he was planning to write about in the Rayal magazine. Kawa had been involved in disputes with local Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leaders because of his investigative reporting and recently he registered a complaint with Garmyan police against one PUK official. Previously he had appeared in court for publishing the photo of an official in a report on corruption. Source: The Kurdistan Tribute

23 December 2013

The five Iraqi journalists and media staff were killed on Monday, 23 December 2013 in a bomb attack when gunmen carried out a suicide attack on the headquarters of Salaheddin TV in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit. According to reports, two of the four gunmen detonated their explosive vests while security forces shot the other two before they could detonate theirs. The five Salaheddin TV employees killed by the explosions are reported to be chief news editor Raad Yassin, producer Jamal Abdel Nasser, cameraman Mohamed Ahmad Al-Khatib, presenter Wissam Al-Azzawi and the archives manager Mohamed Abdel Hamid. Four other employees were injured.

05 October 2013

TV journalist Mohamd Karim al-Badrani and his cameraman Mohamed Ghanem who worked for Al-Sharqiya TV were shot dead by unknown gunmen in the Iraqi city of Mosul as they were making report about a local market. The IFJ affiliate in the country, the Iraqi Journalists’ Syndicate (IJS), condemned the killings and called on the security forces to identify and punish those behind the attack. Mosul is the most dangerous city in Iraq for journalists, the IJS added.

Ivory Coast

15 November 2013

The editor-in-chief of ‘ Tomorow ‘, a popular magazine among the Christian community in Ivory Coast and reportedly close to former President Laurent Gbagbo, was killed at his home located in Cocody-Angré , a district of the economic capital Abidjan. According to media reports confirmed by the National Union of Journalists in Ivory Coast((UNJCI), armed men shot him dead as he was arriving at home. Family sources, quoted in media, claim that the armed men forced their way into his home but did not find him there. They laid in wait and shot him when he got home. For more information, please read the IFJ's statement here : http://africa.ifj.org/fr/articles/la-fij-condamne-lassassinat-dun-journaliste-en-cote-divoire

Lebanon

24 July 2013

The pro-Syrian government journalist, was killed in the coastal town of Sarafand, southern Lebanon and a stronghold of Hezbollah where he was living with his Lebanese wife. Reports said that Jammo, a well-known staunch supporter of Syrian President Assad, was gunned down with automatic rifles shot at close range in his apartment. His killers escaped. Source: AP

Libya

18 November 2013

The photographer with the Fasatu news agency was among people killed in Tripoli when members of the Misrata milita opened fire on protesters who had gathered outside its headquarters in Tripoli to demand an end to the reign of the Katiba ( militias). Several other several journalists were among the wounded. Source: RSF

01 December 2013

The 40–year old owner of Tripoli FM, a Libyan English language radio station was found dead in his car, his body riddled with bullets, according to media reports. Police found the body of Radwan Ghariani in his car with four gunshots wounds. The authorities were not able to indicate the motive behind his murder but have ruled out robbery. Source: Al –Arabiya News

Mali

02 November 2013

The two reporters working for French international broadcaster, Radio France International (RFI) were abducted in the Malian northern city of Kidal by several armed men who bundled them in a car and drove them out of the city. The two journalists had visited the city to interview a member of the Mouvement National de Libération de l’Azawad (MNLA). Their bodies were found later bearing signs of gun shots. The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius confirmed on Sunday in Paris that the two journalists were shot dead.

Mexico

27 June 2013

The editor of a website ‘ El Ciudadano ‘ was found dead near the city of Victoria in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. According to police sources, the journalist had been kidnapped two weeks earlier when he was snatched by armed men while leaving a cinema with his family in Victoria. His body was found partially buried alongside a decapitated body of an unidentified female victim. Chávez’s Twitter feed had been silent since May 22, reports added.

15 April 2013

The journalist for La Vanguardia newspaper was killed in the city of Puebla, media reports said. He had worked as a news presenter for a local TV station called Hechos Guerrero TV in the state of Guerrero, one of the regions in Mexico which had been affected by violence generated by organised crime groups. The 50- year old journalist was shot in the chest as he left the bank in a shopping center in the city of Puebla, according to the Office of the State Prosecutor quoted by media. The Director of the Ministerial Police, Juan Luis Galán reportedly said that the journalist “was approached in the parking lot of the shopping plaza by a man who was about 1.80 meters tall and robust”. “He fired twice into the air to scare him and then killed him,” he said. ...

03 March 2013

The online photojournalist who wrote for a news website Ojinga Noticias was shot while he ate at a taco stand in the Mexican town of Ojinaga, in the state of Chihuahua. In a statement, the website said that the 38-year-old journalist was shot at least 18 times with an assault rifle and described his murder as an attack against journalism. The gunmen stole his camera and a woman who was with him was not wounded in the attack, it added.

17 July 2013

The journalist, who covered the police beat in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, was found dead reportedly with gunshot wounds. It was unclear whether Alberto Lopez Bello was attacked in retaliation for his work for El Imparcial , a newspaper in the city of Oaxaca, the state capital. The paper published a brief statement on Wednesday demanding a thorough investigation and saying that the killing “demonstrates the vulnerability to which communicators are exposed in their daily work of providing truthful and timely information to the citizenry.” The Oaxacan state government said that Lopez's body was found along with the corpse of another man in Trinidad de Viguera, a city north of the Oaxacan capital. ...

Nigeria

12 January 2013

The editor of the monthly Anambra was shot dead by unknown persons in Onithsa city in Anambra state, south east of Nigeria.

Pakistan

22 November 2013

The GEO news journalist was among five people killed in the twin bomb explosions which also wounded dozens more in Karachi. Two simultaneous explosions went off in the densely-crowded Federal B area of Ancholi on Friday night. Eyewitnesses said a motorcycle exploded near a crowded tea shop where dozens of people were having tea. Another device placed in a bike parked outside a confectionery shop also went off. Officials from the local bomb disposal squad said both explosions were carried out through Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) weighing around five to six kilograms containing nails and ball bearings. Salik Ali Jafri was severely injured in the blast and later died in hospital from his injuries. He joined Geo News in 2008. ...

10 January 2013

Samaa TV cameraman Shaikh and NNI photographer Igbal were killed in the twin blasts in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province.  They died in the second blast as they rushed to cover the first explosion which took place on Alamdar Road in Quetta at a snooker club and killed 42 people. Saifur Rehman, a senior reporter with Samaa TV, was also seriously injured in the blasts  and died two days later.

17 April 2013

The news editor of the daily Pakistan  was among at least fifteen people killed in a suicide bomb attack on a political rally in the city of Peshawar, provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an IFJ affiliate. His colleague Azhar Ali Shah and Ehtesham Khan, a reporter for Express TV, were seriously injured, but their injuries were not considered life threatening.

01 March 2013

The correspondent for  Intikhab newspaperwas killed by gunmen travelling by motorcycle in Kalat, in the southwestern province of Balochistan. Afridi (56) had worked as a journalist since 1995 and was president of the Kalat press club. Colleagues said Afridi had been waiting outside a public telephone booth when two men on a motorcycle stopped and opened fire, hitting him four times.

11 October 2013

The journalist for Jang, one of Pakistan’s largest media groups which publishes the Urdu daily Jang , the English daily News International and owns the GEO broadcast network; was gunned down outside his home in the district of Karak in Pakistan’s northern province. According to information from the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an IFJ affiliate, Ayub Khattak had just left his residence in the Takht Nusrati area of Karak when unknown assailants opened fire on him. He died at the scene. PFUJ President Pervaiz Shaukat and Secretary-General Amin Yousuf condemned the attack and deplored the situation that allowed attacks on Pakistan’s journalists to continue in total impunity. ...

27 February 2013

The journalist was gunned down in Miranshah, North Waziristan, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). He was on his way home when gunned down by armed men waiting in a vehicle with tinted windows of the kind widely used by militants open fire at his car, killing instantly. Khan had been a journalist for 15 years and had worked for TV news channel GEO and the Jang newspaper group. He had also recently been elected president of the Miranshah press club.

24 May 2013

The journalist who reported for several local newspapers and magazines was killed in Bahawalnagar district of Punjab province in Pakistan. According to reports, the journalist had been coordinating with the local police on a crime story he was working on.   Police reportedly said that Joiya had received threats from Maqbool (Kooli Sassi), a known criminal. On Friday 24 May, Joiya was in a market in Bhangrana village when unidentified men shot Joiya, immediately killing him. Two street vendors were also injured in the attack.  

25 February 2013

The chief reporter of the state-controlled Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) wire agency was killed in Karachi, the capital of Sindh province when he was struck in a hit-and-run incident with a car. Shaikh had been receiving threatening calls for some time, warning him that his child would be abducted and murdered if he did not pay Rs. 50,000 in extortion. He had informed his union, his employer and the police of the threats. The journalist relocated to Islamabad and thought that the threats had gone away. Returning to Karachi, the threats resumed. It’s believed his death was no accident and that he was deliberately targeted.

Paraguay

25 April 2013

The journalist was killed when gunmen opened fire on his car in Pedro Juan Caballero city, near the capital of Asunción, according to media reports. The Journalists’ Union of Paraguay condemned the killing, saying that journalists in the area near the border with Brazil receive frequently threats. The organisation cited the cases of Aníbal Gómez, of Radio América and ABC Color correspondent Cándido Figueredo, both of whom had reportedly received death threats. Artaza had been very critical on the radio in the lead up to the elections in Paraguay, La Nación newspaper added.

06 February 2013

The 54-year old owner of radio station Sin Fronteras 98.5 FM was gunned down and killed in front of the station’s offices in Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay, near the border with Brazil, according to media reports. Reports quoted witnesses as saying that two armed men intercepted Vázquez while he left the station and shot him at point blank as he was en route to a club that he also owned.

Philippines

11 April 2013

The 33-year-old radio announcer and presenter at Radyo Natin and DXNC-Radyo Suhnan, was killed by two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle in the town of Kabasalan in the southern province of Zamboanga Sibugay. Baylosis had previously reported a death threat to the local authorities.

14 September 2013

The radio presenter was shot dead by an unidentified gunman on a motorcycle in the central region of Cebu City. He was shot in the back while he stood by his parked car and media reports quoted a security guard who witnessed the incident as saying that the gunman was wearing a full-faced helmet and fled the crime scene after the shooting. Police recovered eight empty shells from a handgun at the crime scene, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said. The journalist who worked for dyRC Radyo Calungsod frequently reported on the illegal drug trade on the station's "Police Line Up" and "Drug Watch" programmes.

11 December 2013

The journalist for Radyo Natin was shot and killed by gunmen in the southern city of Tagum on Mindanao Island, according to police sources. The attack, carried out by armed riding a motorcycle , was condemned by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines who suspected that the motive was the victim's work as a journalist. Butalib was a commentator for the local Radyo Natin station and his programme often tackled local issues like corruption.

29 November 2013

The radio journalist, who hosted a programme entitled “Bombardeyo” at DXGT Radyo Abante in Maramag town, was shot dead by four attackers in Valencia City, according to media reports. The victim was with a group of friends in a watering hole in front the CAP Building along Sayre Highway. When he went to the rest room, one of the assailants followed him and started shooting, one eye witness was quoted as saying. Dignos was reported to have run towards his car but was met with more bullets from three other assailants on the way out. He was an outspoken critic of some politicians and government officials. ...

21 August 2013

The 53- year old freelance photographer and regularly contributor to the local Sapol News Bulletin newspaper, was shot twice by an unidentified gunman in front of his wife and daughter in his home in southern General Santos City. Sy died later at a local hospital. His murder occurred only two days after the double murder of Filipino journalists Richard Kho and Bonifacio Loreto.

30 August 2013

The popular radio commentator and an outspoken critic of corruption and rising crime in a southern Philippine city of Lligan, was killed by a gunman, according to media reports citing police sources. The presenter at DXLS Love Radio was shot dead late in the evening as he left a friend’s house, the Iligan City police chief Crestito Rey Gonzalodo said. He died on the way to hospital and his killer escaped on a waiting motorcycle driven by an accomplice. The police chief described Solijon as a "fearless radio commentator" and said the motive for the attack may have been political but the victim’s widow was quoted as saying that her husband had received telephone and text messages threats. ...

30 July 2013

The two columnists for the Aksyon Ngayon newspaper were killed in a drive-by shooting incident, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Two unidentified assailants on motorcycles shot at close range Richard and Bonifacio as they stood outside a convenience store in the Quezon City neighborhood of Manila, said CPJ quoting news reports. Authorities said the journalists died from multiple gunshot wounds and that police recovered several .45 caliber and 9-millimeter shells from the crime scene, the reports added. Kho's daughter, Richelle, told local radio station Radyo Inquirer 990 AM that her father's murder could have been related to his reporting, according to news reports. ...

04 September 2013

The 40-year old was the second journalist murdered in a week in Philippines. Vergel Bico, editor of Bandera Pilipino based in Calapan City, the capital of the western province of Oriental Mindoro, was shot dead by two gunmen on the afternoon of Wednesday. Police reports say two gunmen followed Bico from a village and shot him. Bico was rushed to Maria Estrella Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. If work-related, Bico's killing would bring to 158 the number of journalists killed in the line of duty since 1986 and to 17 the number of those killed under the administration of Pres. Benigno Aquino III. The previous week, on the evening of Thursday August 29, radio broadcaster Fernando Solijon was killed by two unidentified gunmen in Iligan City in northern Mindanao. ...

Russian Federation

09 July 2013

The deputy chief editor of Novoye Delo ( New Business) newspaper was killed by gunmen in Dagestan, Russia’s North Caucus .  According to media reports, Akmednabiyev was in his car, just 50 meters from his home, when the unknown attackers began shooting, killing him at the scene. The attackers then fled the scene in their car. Media reports say that Akhmednabiyev had written articles criticising local authorities and insurgent groups. He is said to have received repeated death threats and in January of this year he survived an attempt on his life when attackers also fired shots at his car. ...

08 April 2013

The former editor of the independent newspaper Khimkinskaya Pravda died of heart failure in a Moscow hospital after choking on food. In November 2008, Beketov was the victim of a savage beating by unknown attackers who left him out in the cold to die. He lost three fingers and part of his leg and suffered long term brain damage. The journalist had a breathing tube inserted in a life-saving surgery following the assault. However the operation also left scars that caused food to block the airflow to his lungs, eventually leading to heart failure. Mr Beketov's death this April was a direct consequence of the injuries he sustained in that assault. In 2012, he was awarded a journalism prize by Russian President Vladimir Putin who promised that his attackers would be found and prosecuted. ...

18 May 2013

The 66 – year old founder and editor of the Selsovet (Village Council) newspaper, was gunned down in the Stavropol region. Local media reports said the newspaper exposed alleged corruption by local authorities, particularly with respect to land deals in which officials were accused of transferring state property to criminal gangs in neighbouring Caucasus regions. Sources also said that the newspaper’s uncompromising stance was the most likely motive for Potapov’s killing. Authorities took suspects into custody shortly after the crime and in mid-August they said they had identified the mastermind behind the killing, but they did not release that person’s name. Source:IPI

Somalia

17 August 2013

According to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) an IFJ affiliate, Ahmed Sharif Ahmed , a senior technician of the government owned Radio Mogadishu was killed on 17 August in the morning at his home in the district of Shibis, north Mogadishu, by three men armed with pistols. Killers escaped from the scene. “We call on authorities to investigate this murder and bring perpetrators to book. Somalia must not be a country where journalists and media practitioners are constantly targeted. Security of journalists and media workers must be guaranteed and press freedom promoted,” said Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director. ...

24 March 2013

The female radio journalist was gunned down in the Somali capital, Mogadishu , according to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ). Ms Abdulkadir, who worked for Radio Abudwaq, was shot dead near her house by three young men armed with pistols. The shooting took place in the district of Towfiq in north Mogadishu.

07 July 2013

Farah, who worked for Bossasso-based Somali Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) and London-based Kalsan TV, was shot dead in Puntland, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ). NUSOJ says that the journalist was attacked by unidentified gunmen in Barahley neighborhood of Galkayo town while he was walking home. He was shot six times and was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Farah became the fifth journalist killed since the start of the year, NUSOJ added.

18 January 2013

The 45 year -old journalist was brutally killed in an unprovoked attack by three unknown armed men who shot him in the Wadajir district of the capital, Mogadishu, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), an IFJ affiliate. In a statement, NUSOJ paid tribute to Adan, saying he was a brave journalist and one of the few journalists who could publicly criticize the ruling style of the government.  He had, unlike the rest of his colleagues at Radio Shabelle station who live in the premises, decided to live at his home, NUSOJ added.

18 March 2013

The producer at Mustaqbal Radio, a private radio station in Mogadishu, was among eight people killed when a suicide bomber blew up his car near the Presidential Palace. His colleague and fellow journalist Abdirashid Nur was wounded in the attack along with more than 20 other people.

27 October 2013

Somali broadcast journalist Mohamed Mohamud Tima'ade died of wounds sustained in an assassination attempt on 22 October 2013. He was taken to Madina hospital where he died on Sunday. The reporter of the London-based Universal TV was attacked by gunmen who shot him in the neck, stomach, chest and shoulder, according to IFJ/FAJ affiliate, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ). The NUSOJ said that Mohamed was a respected journalist who had earned credibility with some incisive reporting on social, security and political issues in Mogadishu, which often featured in the top headlines of Universal TV. ...

21 April 2013

The newscaster, reporter and program producer for state owned Radio Mogadishu and Somali National Television (SNTV) was shot dead in Mogadishu by two men armed with pistols, NUSOJ said. Rageh was shot dead around 6 PM in front of his house while he reached home after his work. He was shot in the chest and head seven times, his family was quoted as saying. The journalist was one of the members of NUSOJ’s Banadir Branch and he was among the fifteen journalists who resigned from their work in 2009 due to increased killings and deadly threats he received from Al-Shabaab militants  when he was working for Radio Shabelle. In August 2009, the union with the help of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) evacuated him to Kampala, Uganda, for safety reasons. ...

Syria

24 February 2013

The French photojournalist died from injuries suffered while working in Syria, the office of French President Francois Hollande said. Voisin sustained a head wound and later died at a hospital in Turkey, French officials said in a written statement. He was reportedly wounded in an explosion. At the time of the incident, the photographer was embedded with a Syrian opposition group, according to media reports. Source: CNN

10 March 2013

The two cameramen for Qaboun Media Center were killed by a mortar shell, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The media center distributed video that was published by a number of international news organizations, CPJ said. Source: IPI

29 October 2013

The television correspondent for Al Arabiya was shot dead by hooded gunman using while on assignment in the Hreitan village located in the city of Aleppo, the cable network said. In a statement, Al Arabiya said that Saeed had worked for main news outlets but his work focused on the humanitarian crisis sparked by more than two years of civil war in Syria. Source: Al - Arabiya

14 March 2013

The reporter for Sana al-Thawra , a self proclaimed Syrian Arab News Agency for the Revolution) was killed during government shelling of the Damascus suburb of Moadamyat al-Sham, according to his employer, Sana al-Thawra, and media reports. He was filming government shelling in a residential area near the neighborhood mosque when he was hit by rocket fire, the Moadamyat al-Sham Media Center reported on its Facebook page, CPJ said. According to CPJ, the Syrian Arab News Agency of the Revolution is considered a rival pro-opposition news agency to the pro-government Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). The agency provides news and reports from around the country and covers the conflict, politics, clashes, and protests. ...

27 May 2013

The female television correspondent for Al-Ikhbariyah TV, a pro-government channel, was killed while covering clashes near the border with Lebanon, according to media reports quoting the Syrian Information Ministry sources. The war reporter was reportedly attacked by rebels near the town of Qusayr in Homs province, the ministry said in a statement carried by Syrian state television. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group also reported her death on Monday, saying she "was killed by a sniper close to Dabaa airport", north of Qusayr. The group said other members of Abbas's crew were wounded, without providing further details. Source: Al- Jazeera

03 December 2013

The Iraqi journalist and a member of the IFJ affiliate in Iraq, the Iraqi Journalists’ Syndicate (IJS) was murdered by al-Qaeda linked terrorist group in the Idlib region of Syria near the border with Turkey. According to reports, freelance journalist and cameraman Faisal, was travelling with his Syrian fixer and a driver when they were stopped by the Islamist insurgents who shot him dead and injure his driver. The two colleagues were able to bring his body over the border into Turkey. The Iraqi Journalists Syndicate (IJS) has condemned the "heinous murder" and demanded that the perpetrators are brought to justice. It has also urged all relevant authorities in Syria, Turkey and Iraq to cooperate with the union to bring Faisal's body back to his family.

15 February 2013

The reporter was killed in a government shelling of the Karam al-Tarab neighborhood in Aleppo while filming the bombardment of the neighborhood by government forces, according to HNN and Al-Jazeera. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said that Bakri, also known as Youssef Abu Jad ,worked as a reporter and videographer for the local news outlet Halab News Network (HNN). Halab News Network, based in Aleppo, posts news and reports from around the country and the region, with a focus on Aleppo province. The network covers the conflict, politics, clashes, and protests. Its broadcasts are published by several regional news outlets including Al-Jazeera but it does not publish footage under individual bylines, added CPJ. Source: CPJ

29 September 2013

A Syrian photographer who had contributed work to the French news agency AFP has been killed by shelling in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, according to a fellow photographer quoted by media reports. known by the pseudonym Abu Shuja, al-Modahi was killed in fighting between rebels and troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. The main opposition , the National Coalition also reported Abu Shuja's death, saying in a statement that he "died while carrying out his duty as a journalist". The Coalition said he "picked up a camera and started documenting (the Syrian revolt) as soon as the first protests broke out in Deir Ezzor. "He continued to work under the bullets, bombs and tank shells, defying the regime's military might." Source: AFP

20 December 2013

The Syrian photographer who took pictures for Reuters on a freelance basis has been killed while covering fighting in Aleppo, activists said. Molhem Barakat died on Friday as he took photographs of a battle over a hospital between rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Rebels had accused government forces of turning the Kindi Hospital into a barracks. As well as covering the conflict, Barakat took pictures showing the life of ordinary Syrians in the divided city, which used to be Syria's commercial hub. The civil war in Syria has claimed the lives of well over 100,000 people since 2011 and driven millions into neighbouring countries. Barakat had sent Reuters dozens of pictures since May this year. ...

19 November 2013

The correspondent for the opposition Shahba news agency and editor of Shahba television in Syria, was shot to death near Aleppo. The news agency blamed the killing on a Syrian army sniper. The northern Aleppo region had been the focus of a major military advance in the days leading up to the killing. Source: IPI

18 January 2013

The reporter for Al-Jazeera was killed by a sniper in the city of Daraa. The Qatar-based cable TV channel said that their reporter was shot while reporting on fighting in the village of Basri Al-Hariri in Daraa.

01 April 2013

The death of Adbul Raheem Kour Hassan, former director of broadcasting at Watan FM, was announced to his family on April 1, 2013 by the Syrian officials. They did not offer details on the circumstances or exact date of his death. The journalist had been arrested in January in Damascus, according to the local opposition station Watan FM. Hassan died while being held at Palestine Branch, a feared prison of Syria's Military Intelligence Security that is known for the severe abuse of prisoners, according to Watan FM. The station, local opposition groups, and press freedom groups including the Syrian Journalists Association said he had been tortured to death. Source. CPJ

17 January 2013

The editor- in - chief of military magazine Assaut , was killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo. He was reportedly shot by a sniper.

15 September 2013

The journalist who worked for the youth publication of Baath, the ruling party in Syria was among people who died in a bomb attack in northwest Syria, according to the Syrian state news agency, Sana. Nine more people were injured in a blast that hit their bus on a road in the northwestern province of Idlib. Source: AFP

05 January 2013

The journalist for Dunya TV station , a pro-government television station, died of wounds sustained in a shooting attack in the suburbs of Damascus, state media said. The state news agency, SANA, said that al-Ali, died four days after he was shot while returning home from work. The agency blamed a "terrorist," the term the government uses for those trying to topple Assad, according to media reports added.

Tanzania

08 January 2013

The 45-year old journalist for Radio Kwizera) found dead in the West of Tanzania. Sources said he appeared to have been hanged by unknown assailants as his left arm had a deep bullet wound.

Uganda

16 June 2013

The Freelance journalist and contributor to New Vision newspaper was killed by unidentified assailants. According to the New Vision’s management, the body of Pere was found in a pool of blood on Entebbe road in Masajja, a few kilometers south west of the capital city, Kampala. The Uganda Journalists’ Union (UJU), an IFJ affiliate, said that there were injuries all over the journalist’s body but no signs of struggle at the scene, leading the police to suggest that Pere had been killed elsewhere and his body dumped by the roadside. Police recovered the victim’s possessions on his body , including ID documents, press card, ATM cards, phone and  wallets, UJU added.