Journalists & media staff killed list in 2014

Algeria

08 August 2014

The 44-year-old worked for five years as coordinator for the IFJ at its regional office in Algiers before launching his own newspaper el Mihwar el Yawmi . He died in a road accident in Zeralda, Algiers as he was returning home.

Argentina

09 January 2014

The 19-year-old journalist was killed in northwestern Argentina while on assignment covering the Rally Dakar Sudamérica auto race. Mina died after the vehicle in which he was travelling careened off a curve on a dangerous section of the road. A technician working with Mina, Daniel Eduardo Diambrosio , was also killed. Two other passengers, Peruvian photographer Rodrigo de Quesada and his Argentinian colleague Martín Delgado survived. The Rally’s organisers stated that the journalists were not accredited to cover the full race. Source: INSI

Bangladesh

29 November 2014

The senior journalist, columnist and consulting editor of The Financial Express was hit by a bus when getting off at Karwan Bazaar in Dhaka. He was declared dead at hospital.

Brazil

01 July 2014

The 26 year-old TV reporter for DirecTV Sports who was covering the World cup in Brazil died in a car crash on her way back from Sao Palo to Belo Horizonte, where Argentina's team is based. Two of her colleagues, Juan Daniel Berazegueti and Fernando Javier Bruno, were injured in the accident. Both are stable and out of danger. Local authorities said the car lost control after a collision with another vehicle and fell off a cliff on the BR-391 road near the town of Oliveira, with Fernandez thrown out of the vehicle when it crashed.

El Salvador

14 March 2014

The journalist for Radio Femenina died in a helicopter crash while covering the the five-day Vuelta El Salvador stage race. According to reports, Diaz was on board the helicopter belonging to the race organisers, Ruben Contreras which came down in a jungle area, close to the race's finish line. He was pinned between a piece of wreckage and a tree. He had been reportedly been " reluctant to get on the chopper but eventually was convinced it would be a fun way to spend the day and see the race from a new vantage point."

India

20 November 2014

According to reports, the 24-year-old reporter for India’s Zee News TV died when the vehicle he was travelling in collided with stray cattle and went off the road on the Kaithal-Chandigarh highway in Barwala, India. Three other people — reporter Rohit Khanna, cameraman Jaiveer Rawat and the driver — also sustained injuries. They all were rushed to Indira Gandhi Mulitispeciality General Hospital where Bhatt was declared dead on arrival. The other people in the vehicle are in hospital in a stable condition. Bhatt was on assignment and was covering the arrest of controversial Indian preacher Rampal, who was arrested in connection to a 2006 murder case, when the incident took place. ...

07 September 2014

The 40 –year-old photojournalist was on assignment for Dainik Jagran, a Hindi daily when he went missing in the floods on September 7. His body, with his cameras still hanging around his neck, was found five days later. According to reports, Sidiq was sent out to take photographs after receiving a call from the newspaper and never returned. He was covering the floods-ravaged situation near the Civil Secretariat in Srinagar and is believed to have slipped from a flyover into the heavy flow of water gushing from the nearby Jhelum River. He published photos on the Dainik Jagran for many years but was said to be working for it only as a “stringer” where freelancers are only paid when work is published.

Indonesia

01 February 2014

The deputy editor of Zonasumut.com , an online media outlet based in Medan, north Sumatra, Indonesia, was among 14 people killed in the eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano, according to the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), an IFJ affiliate.

Nigeria

01 February 2014

The journalist who worked for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), was among four people killed in a road accident involving the convoy of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi. The crash happened in Ondo State on the Akure-Ondo road when the vehicle of the deputy governor hit another car and the driver lost control, colliding with the NTA van in which Akinwale was travelling.

Syria

10 December 2014

The reporter for Al Jazeera.Net was killed in the Syrian south western province of Daraa. According to Al Jazeera, al Deiry was travelling with the lights of his car off to avoid being targeted when he collided with another vehicle belonging to Syrian rebels operating in the area. Before joining Al Jazeera, al Deiry had worked for the official Syrian news agency.

Turkey

02 August 2014

The photojournalist died at the training facility of the Galatasaray professional football club in Istanbul. Koyuncu was on assignment for daily Sabah , reports said, when his head was accidentally caught in the facility’s front door. He sustained severe injuries and was taken to a hospital, but could not be revived. Source:IPI

19 October 2014

Serena Shim The female correspondent for Press TV in Turkey was killed in a car accident on the Turkish- Syrian border. She was returning from an assignment in Suruç, a rural district of Şanlıurfa Province of Turkey when her car collided with a truck. Ms Shim, a US national of Lebanese origin and mother of two who covered conflicts for Press TV in Lebanon, Iraq and Ukraine, was covering the fighting in Kobane, a city near the Turkish border. In a statement, Press TV said that Serena Shim had told the channel that the "Turkish intelligence agency had accused her of spying probably due to some of the stories she had covered about Turkey’s stance on the ISIL terrorists in Kobani and its surroundings, adding that she feared being arrested."

Uganda

10 March 2014

Freelance journalist and travel writer Matthew Power, 39, died Monday while reporting in Uganda. He was working with British explorer Levison Wood, who was attempting to walk the length of the Nile, according to Men's Journal, for which Power was covering the story. "On Monday 10 March 2014, Matt fell ill, lost consciousness, and died a few hours later," the outlet notes. Heatstroke is believed to be the cause of death. A contributing editor to Harper's Magazine, Power had also written stories for Outside, Wired, GQ, The New York Times, National Geographic, The Atavist, Slate and others. Source: INSI

United States

18 March 2014

Bill Strothman , a photojournalist and Gary Phitzner , a helicopter pilot both working for Komo TV in Seattle died when the station’s helicopter crashed near the Space Needle, reports said. The chopper appeared to have fallen to the street as it attempted to take off from a helipad at the top of a television news station, Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore told reporters. It crashed and burst into the flames, killing the two passengers onboard and setting three cars on fire in the popular tourist area, officials said. Bill and Gary were found dead in the wreckage of the helicopter when emergency responders arrived at the scene, while the occupants of three vehicles that caught fire managed to escape, Moore said. One person was in critical condition. ...

03 January 2014

The 53-year-old journalist died after his vehicle collided with a dump truck near Cushing in Oklahoma. According to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office, Kelly suffered head injured and internal bleeding. His family was reported as saying that Kelly, the general manager of KUSH Radio in Cushing and an evening anchor for KWEM-TV 31, was driving on the two-lane State Highway 33 about 2 miles west of Cushing on his way to report live on grassfires when the crash occurred. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said that an eastbound dump truck attempted to pass him when Kelly began to make a left turn and the dump truck struck Kelly's Chevrolet in the driver's door, the police report says. Source: INSI