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Journalists & media staff killed list in 2014


22 March 2014

The AFP correspondent in Kabul was shot dead along his wife and daughter when gunmen attacked the Serena Hotel where the family was having dinner. His son was also seriously injured in the attack. The Afghanistan Independent Journalist Association (AIJA), an IFJ affiliate, condemned the killing of Sardar, describing it as ‘a direct armed attack on free journalism in the country which surely does not have any justification.’ The union said that Sardar had told the gunmen that he was an Afghan journalist before they killed him. Source: AFP/AIJA

21 December 2014

The Afghan journalist and cameraman for the Kabul-based TV channel; Mitra TV, who was seriously injured during a suicide attack on the French cultural centre, died of his wounds in hospital, officials said. He had been in a coma for 10 days. Hatami was among people injured during the bomb blast of 11 December which went off at the auditorium of the French Institute in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The attack occurred during a dance and music show entitled ‘Heartbeat, The Silence After The Explosion‘, which condemned suicide attacks in Kabul and across the country. One German national was also killed in the attack. Source: AFP

16 September 2014

The female journalist was murdered by unidentified men in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, according to the news agency Kaama Press. Miranzai, who worked as a media analyst for Bayan-e-Shamal news network, was repeatedly stabbed by unidentified men inside her house in Mazar-e-Sharif city, reports said. Source: Kaama Press

11 March 2014

The journalist, who worked for Sveriges Radio, the Swedish public service radio station was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in a rare daylight attack in Kaboul. Horner, a dual national of Sweden and Great Britain, was a highly respected journalist who worked in New York and London during the 1990's. Since 2001 he had covered the Asia region for Swedish public service radio station, Sveriges Radio.

04 April 2014

The female photographer for Associated Press was gunned down at a police station in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Khost, according to the statement by the news agency. Anja, a German national, was shot by a police commander who opened fire at the car in which Anja was travelling with another female, Khathy Gannon , a Canadian reporter, media reports said quoting police and government’s sources. Khathy was also injured in the attack and needed medical treatment. The police commander reportedly surrendered t the aothorities after the incident and was arrested.

23 January 2014

The journalist for Bust Radio and correspondet for The New York Times in Helmand province was kidnapped, severely beaten and hanged, according to the Afghanistan Independent Journalists’ Association (AIJA). His body was later found dumped in the Karte Lagan area. The AIJA blamed the drug mafia for the killing which they denounced as “a blatant violation of the security of independent journalists in Afghanistan who are trying their best to bring up-to-date news and information to the general public.”

12 July 2014

According to the Afghanistan Journalists Centre (AFJC), the radio journalist was gunned down at his home by unidentified assaillants who knocked at his door. When one of his children opened the door, the gunmen opened fire on Yaqubi who was hit in the head and killed instantly. He became the fourth journalist to be killed in Afghanistan since the start of the year and the Afghanistan Independent Journalists' Association (AIJA), an IFJ affiliate, said his killing was a disturbing decline in journalist safety in the lead-up to and following the country’s presidential elections earlier this year.

26 January 2014

The 22-year-old producer for Nawa radio was killed in a suicide attack which targeted an Afghan army bus in the capital Kabul, media reports said. The director of Nawa Radio Station and Sabah TV channel told to Afghanistan Journalists Center said that Naeemi, who had worked for the radio station since September 2013 as a producer and host of two social and literary programmes, happened to be standing near the army bus waiting for the radio staff car. Source: Afghanistan Journalists' Centre

14 May 2014

According to the Afghanistan Independent Journalists’ Association (AIJA), an IFJ affiliate, Mohammad Nasim Turak was killed by an unknown assailant in Kandi Rijaee village, in the Alingar district of the eastern Laghman province. The AIJA says the journalist was fatally stabbed and his body was left outside the village where he was killed. It strongly condemned what it calls a "dreadful incident" and called on local officials to find the murderers and prove their commitment to freedom of speech.


23 May 2014

The reporter of the local Bengali-language newspaper Dainik Mathabhanga was killed by unidentified people and his dismembered body found at a railway station in the southwestern district of Chuadanga, on the border with India, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalist said, quoting news reports. His family told journalists he had left his house after receiving a phone call and did not return home that night. His brother was quoted as blaming drug traffickers for the killing. The journalist had covered had written stories on local drug trafficking and his family said that he had received death threats from local drug traffickers and groups who he had accused in his reports of attempting to illegally seize homes and other property, reports said. ...

27 August 2014

The TV host at ‘Channel i‘ where he presented two programmes‘Shantir Pothe and Kafela’ was killed in his own home in East Razabazar, Dhaka. According to the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF), more than half-a-dozen youths allegedly entered the house on the pretext of talking about Hajj pilgrimage, but then proceed to tie up all members of his family. Farooqi, who was also the Khatib of High Court Mazar mosque, was murdered in his bedroom. Reports quoted Farooqi’s supporters as saying that he had received death threats before for opposing militancy in Bangladesh. Dhaka City police said they were investigating whether the murder was due to the TV programs Farooqi hosted or due to personal animosity or rivalry over other matters.


13 February 2014

Reports said Palma was shot dead by two unidentified men on a motorcycle outside his home in Miguel Pereira, a suburb to the south of Rio de Janeiro, and died at the scene. He was the owner of the local weekly newspaper Panorama Regional, which was circulated in several nearby municipalities. The paper had frequently alleged corruption in the local government and a friend of Palma's told the daily O Globo that the publisher had received threats but had not taken them seriously. Source: CPJ

10 February 2014

The cameraman who worked for the Bandeirantes television network was declared brain dead by doctors, according to media reports. He had been in a coma after being hit in the head by an explosive device last week while filming clashes between protesters and police in Rio de Janeiro. Reports added that police arrested a protester in connection with the incident, who admitted to holding the explosive device, but denied throwing it. Read the IFJ full statement here

27 February 2014

The presenter for N3 TV was shot dead in Teixeira de Freitas, north east of Bahía state. Lopes was driving a car owned by the TV station and had just dropped off a colleague, Djalma Ferreira, at her home when he was fatally shot by two men in another car. Lopes, who was co-manager of N3 TV , also anchored the news programme called A Tarde. Source: INSI

Burma (Myanmar)

04 October 2014

The 49-year-old freelance journalist, also known as Par Gyi, was killed Burmese soldiers after they had arrested him. According to a statement from the Burmese Army, Aung Kyaw Naing "was in the custody of an unnamed ‘roving battalion’ looking for DKBA rebels, when he tried to seize a gun from a guard and run away; then he was shot dead by the guard." The army's version was called into question by the journalist's wife, Thandar, who accused them of ' torture'. Civil society organisations in Burma as well as the US government raised concern of the killing and called for investigations into its curcumstances. Aung Kyaw Naing was working with reporters in Mon State on about ethical issues along the Burma-Thai border. ...


13 October 2014

The 49-year-old freelance journalist for a local newspaper was killed in the northeastern province of Mondulkiri while covering a story on timber smuggling from Cambodia into Vietnam. Try was with seven other journalists when they came upon several ox carts loaded with timber and led by an alleged timber trader, who is reported to be a police officer named Heing. After the journalist’s car became stuck in mud on the dirt road, a confrontation with the timber trader ensued. While the other journalists fled the scene, Heing is alleged to have shot Try in the head. His body was later found at around 1.20 am next to his vehicle. A few meters away, the vehicle of the assailant was found overturned in a ditch.

14 February 2014

The 58-year-old Canadian journalist and documentary maker was last seen on February 14 in Siem Reap by his production film partner. His body was found on May 1, by a child outside Angkor Thom’s ‘Death Gate’. When his body was discovered it was in a state of decomposition and police said he had died several weeks earlier. No one has been arrested or prosecuted following the death of the Canadian who, according to his family, “devoted his life to bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of more than 2 million Cambodians in the 30 years he worked and lived in that country.”

31 January 2014

The 44-year-old reporter for the Khmer language Meakea Kampuchea newspaper in Kampong Chhnang province’s Cholkiri district, was set upon by a group of fishermen as he left his house in Cholkiri district’s Peam Chhkork commune, according to officials. He had reported on illegal fishing in the commune in the lead-up to his death. Cambodian media also reported that Chan had been photographing and reporting on the use of large electric rods to kill fish in conservation areas. The Cambodian Association for the Protection of Journalists (CAPJ), an IFJ affiliate, said Chan was on his way home when he was attacked with stones and bamboo sticks in the violent onslaught. ...

Central African Republic

09 May 2014

According to media sources in the Central African Republic (CAR), the two journalists were attacked and critically shot and stabbed by armed youths on 29 April. Désire Sayengan, who worked for Le Démocrate newspaper died of his injuries the following day on 30 April while his colleague René Padou, a radio journalist from La Voix de la Grâce station passed away on 5 May.

22 June 2014

The female journalist who worked for Bé–Oko, a community radio station based in the central Bambari region, died of the wounds she sustained in an attack by the Seleka rebels. According to independent sources and the Union des Journalistes de l’Afrique Centrale ( USYPAC), Elisabeth Olofio was badly beaten by the Seleka rebels when they raided the radio station on 6 January. She was hit on the head and at the back, leaving her seriously injured. She never fully recovered and passed away from her injuries.

13 May 2014

The 26 year–old French photojournalist was killed while on a reporting assignment in Central African Republic, French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday in a statement, vowing to make every effort to shed light on the murder. Her body was discovered by French troops in CAR while they checked a vehicle driven by anti-balaka militia in the region of Bouar, in the west of the country, the statement added. Ms Lepage worked for Hans Lucas, a Paris-based studio, and contributed to other publications such as Libération and Le Monde Diplomatique. Sources : AFP, SNJ, IFJ


01 December 2014

The 42-year-old who worked for Bucaramanaga-based Television Ciudadana, was killed after being attacked by unidentified individuals. Her body was found in El Porvenir districy, south of Bucaramanaga. In recent years, Rosha who also practiced as a lawyer, had been very critical of the judicial system.

12 August 2014

The journalist and director of Morena FM radio station based in the municipality of Taraza was killed when two unidentified gunmen stopped the car he was travelling in and shot him nine times in the head. He died on the spot. Reports said that Cervantes had received death threats since 2010, some of them reportedly related to his denunciations of criminal organisations, dealing in drugs. He was given protection (a car and two bodyguards) until July 2014, when the authorities withdrew the protection, claiming that the level of threat to his life was ordinary.His wife complained that his protection withdraw was not gradually phased out as provided in law and left him vulnerable. ...

19 February 2014

The jou rnalist was shot dead after reportedly receiving death threats for covering a criminal investigation, Los Urabeños , in the Caldas neighbourhood, located in the coastal town of Buenaventura, in western Colombia, human rights and press freedom groups reported. Caicedo (21), who worked as a cameraman for two different networks, TV Noticias and Más Noticias, had left the city after after an incident in which a group of men threatened him when he tried to film a murder scene. He was advised by local police to leave the city. ...

Democratic Republic of Congo

16 February 2014

The reporter for Radio Télé Muungano was killed during clashes between the Congolese army and rebels of the Uganda Liberation Army ( ADF-Nalu) in Beni, northern Kivu, the AFP reported. The journalist, who was embedded with the DRC army during their offensive against the rebels, was shot while sitting with two colleagues in a military supply vehicle which came under attack. He was fatally injured and died later of his wounds. The other journalists were also injured but their life was not thought to be in danger, the AFP added, quoting the DRC Minister of Information and government’s spokesperson, Lambert Mende.

26 December 2014

The 42-year-old journalis, who worked for the Radio Télévision Nationale du Congo (RTNC) in the eastern city of Goma , Democratic Republic of Congo since 1997, was shot as he was having a drink with friends in a café. Media reports said two armed men entered and made directly to the table where Shalubuto was and shot him at close range. He was rushed to hospital by died shortly afterwards.

Dominican Republic

08 June 2014

The 52-year-old journalist died of injuries he had sustained during an attack on his office in which he was shot by allegedly former members of the police forces. According to family sources, Rojas suffered internal bleeding and underwent surgery but did not survive. Two people have been arrested in connection with the attack and are now on remand. The IFJ's Latin America and Caribbean group (FEPALC) issued a statement calling on the authorities to investigate the attack on Rojas and bring his killers to justice. Rojas had worked for several media , including Color Visión and Canal 9.

01 July 2014

The cameraman for Canal 25 TV was gunned down by two armed men who shot him in broad day light in central Santiago before fleeing the scene. Reports said that police ruled out robbery as a motive for the murder which took place at a time of heighteined violence targeting journalists. Three days prior to the killing, another journalist Pedro Fernandez of El Nacional newspaper had escaped an murder attempt. Source: RSF


28 January 2014

The freelance photojournalist was killed while covering clashes which marred the third anniversary of the popular uprising in the country which led the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak. His colleague, Mohammed Fahmy, a photojournalist working for the centre-right Wafd party newspaper, was shot in the face and underwent surgery to rebuild his mouth, according to reports. Source: AP

28 March 2014

The female journalist was killed while covering clashes between Muslim Brotherhood suporters and Egyptian security forces in eastern Cairo, according to her employer, private Egyptian newspaper Al-Dustour. She was among three people killed in the clashes which followed the decision by Egyptian army chief, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, to resign from the military and run for president. It was unclear who was responsible for her death, but the two rival groups - those supporting the army, and those supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood - have blamed each other for the killing.


16 September 2014

Facély Camara , journalist at Liberté FM N’Zérékoré, Molou Chérif et SidikiSidibé , both technicians for radio N’Zérékoré were killed along with three health workers during a mob attack in Womey, near N'zérékoré, a city near Guinea’s southern tip, media reports said. The journalists had gone to report on a visit by a group of doctors to the Ebola-stricken area to raise awareness about the virus which has claimed over 2600 lives in the region. They had been missing since Tuesday but officials said they discovered their bodies in the septic tank of a primary school in the village on Thursday 18 September. The Government spokesman Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters that the workers and journalists were brutally beaten to death. ...


15 August 2014

Media reports said that the 32 -year-old j ournalist for Canal 23 and producer for Radio Full FM was shot dead in the district of La Conquista, Olanchito municipality, department of Yoro. Reports said that unidentified gunmen opened fire several times on Soto as he was parking his motorbike at home. Both the police and Soto's colleagues dismissed the claim that Soto was murdered in an armed robbery attempt, saying that he had no valuables on him at the time of his death. One colleague told reporters that Soto was held in high esteem by fellow journalists because of his professionalism and fairness. However, the journalist also covered corruption among public administration.

11 April 2014

The journalist for Radio Progreso was reportedly murdered at his home by unknown attackers who stabbed him several times. Orellana had been at the station for three years and was among the fifteen employees who had been receiving death threats since 2009, according to reports quoting the radio’s director, Ismail Moreno. The threats followed the Radio Progreso's opposition to the 2009 coup which overthrew the government in Honduras. The Inter-American Commission for Human Rights had on three occasions requested the authorities to protect Orellana in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Moreno reportedly said, accusing the government of ignoring his appeals and the threats he received and thus putting his life in danger. Source. RSF

28 May 2014

The director of Otro Nivel, a programme broadcast on Radio Opoa, La Voz de la Esperanza, a community radio dedicated to human Rights in the region, was shot dead in the department of Dulce Nombre de Copán, western Honduras. The victim was shot three times in the head by unidentified gunmen. Source: RSF

15 December 2014

The 48-year-old editor of Canal 28 Television was gunned down by armed men who attacked him at a sports centre in the town of Comayagua. Reports said that unidentified attackers moved in on him as he was working out and shot him several times as he ran to his vehicle to escape. The local newspaper El Tiempo said that according to police investigations Paz was believed to have been killed “for having used his media outlet to make statements about the current situation in the country.” Source: IAPA

22 July 2014

The 32-year-old TV journalist went missing and his half naked body was found a day later on the side of a highway with gunshot wounds, according to media reports. Espinal presented a programme entittled ' Hoy Mismo' on Channel 3 Television based in San Pedro Sula, the second largest city of Honduras and one of the worst crime-stricken in the country. Media reports said the he went missing after a meal with a friend at a restaurant and went to his mother's house. he was last seen alive getting into another vehicle with three individuals inside. A suspect was reportedly arrested in connection the journalist's killing. Source: EFE/ Huffington Post

20 July 2014

The journalist and television reporter was abducted near Santa Rita, in the department of Yoro on 20 July, reports said. He was found dead the following day with multiple gunshot wounds. Espinal worked as chief correspondent for the programme Hoy Mismo on Televicentro based in San Pedro Sula, the second largest city in Honduras. Source: Wikipedia

23 June 2014

The 47-year-old journalist was gunned down by unidentified armed men outside his house in the town of Catacamas, 200 km east from the country’s capital, according to media reports quoting eye witnesses. Fúnez Duarte presented a political show on Radio Patria in Catacamas, in the Olancho department.


27 May 2014

The body of the stringer for Kanak TV, a local Oriya-language TV channel and reporter for Sambad, a local Oriya-language newspaper in the eastern Indian state of Odisha was found with his throat was slit and injuries to his chest. Acharya had been attacked is a desolate area of Khallikote town in Odisha on his way home from work. Prior to his death, Acharya had been threatened following his reports of child labour practices at a local cashew processing plant. On June 8, two suspects in the murder were arrested and one was identified as the owner of the cashew plant who had ordered Acharya’s murder, offering 50,000 rupees (650USD) to the accomplices.

26 November 2014

The 53-year-old senior journalist for the Telagu daily, Andra Prabha was beaten to death in Guntur of Andra Pradesh, south eastern India on 25 November. Reports said that Sankar was attacked by half-a-dozen unidentified assailants with iron rods and sticks in front of his residence in Chilakaluripet town. He succumbed to the injuries a day later at a government hospital. Sankar had reportedly written a series of stories exposing several scams in public distribution system. He even lodged a complaint with Guntur police seeking action against errant food dealers. He was said to have provided police with a list of dealers involved in selling subsidized food items.


15 June 2014

According to IFJ affiliate, the Iraqi Journalists’ Syndicate (IJS), Hamada, a cameraman for Alahd TV, was killed in the Aladhem district, in Iraq’s Dyali province, while covering fighting between government forces and Islamist groups. His colleague Mutaz Hassan, who is a reporter for Alahd, was severely wounded in the same incident.

10 October 2014

The cameraman for Sama Salaheddin, a local TV channel based in Samra, east of the city of Tikrit, was killed by the militants of the so-called Islamic State( IS). The Iraq Union of Journalists ( IJS), an IFJ affiliate, condemned the murder of Raad who was kidnapped by the group in September 2014. AFP quoted local sources as saying that Raad was targeted because he worked for a government media and the ‘jihadists’ had been tipped off by local people. He was killed along with his brother and two other civilians, the sources added.

09 March 2014

The two cameramen working for Al-Iraqia channel were killed in a bomb blast which targeted al Athar check point located in the northern entrance of the city of Hilla, according to the Iraqi Journalists’ Syndicate (IJS), an IFJ affiliate. The IJS says that the blast happened when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a tank which also exploded. The cameramen were covering live the distribution of voting cards from the police electoral center in Hilla.

26 August 2014

The female Iraqi journalist Fatima Omar AbdelKarim and a member of the Iraqi Journalists’ Syndicate (IJS), an IFJ affiliate, was killed in a terrorist blast in Baghdad, the IJS said.

22 March 2014

The Baghdad bureau chief of Radio Free Iraq was shot dead by the Kurdish officer guarding the presidential complex in the upper market Jadriyah neighbourhood of Baghdad, according to the Iraqi Journalists’ Syndicate (IJS) and the AFP. The shooting followed an argument between Bidaiwi and the officer in the peshmerga forces in charge at the compound, media reports added. The journalist who was believed on his way to work inside the compound died on the scene and the officer responsible was later arrested on the orders of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. The incident provoked protests by other journalists. Following a call from the IJS, Iraqi newspapers working in Baghdad didn’t go to print on Sunday in protest, demanding immediate action from the government. ...

08 August 2014

The journalist for the Firat News Agency, who used the pseudonym Deniz Firat, lost her life in an attack while reporting from the Maxmur refugee camp north of Mosul. Source: INSI

20 January 2014

The 28- year old reporter for Fallujah TV was killed in a bomb attack targeting a police patrol near a conflict-hit city partly held by gunmen west of Baghdad, according to AFP quoting security and medical officials Another journalist and reporter for Al-Anbr TV, Muayad Ibrahim, was also injured. Two policemen were also killed and two more wounded by the blast, AFP added. Source: AFP


19 September 2014

The 18-year-old journalist was fatally wounded when gunmen opened fire on his car as he was driving home with friends, one of whom was also killed in the attack, according to the statement by the UNESCO General Director who condemned the killing. The victim presented a programme called "Ishah bi Jawuha” (Live your Life) on Lyniana Hits, a privately-owned radio station. He was also one of the founders of a local human rights organization, Al-Rahma (Mercy Foundation), the statement added. Source: UNESCO

26 May 2014

The editor of Burniq newspaper editor and a critic of jihadists in Libya was shot dead in the eastern city of Benghazi, an Islamist stronghold, according to medical sources. A friend of the journalist reportedly said that Bouzid had received threats to his life from Islamic extremists whom he often criticised on television. Source: AFP

29 May 2014

The body of the TV journalist based in the southern city of Sabha, was found together with her fiancé’s in the city’s northern Al-Hay Al-Jadida district. Her throat had been cut and she appeared to have been tortured. At the time of her death, Karfana was working for the state-owned TV station Libya Al-Wataniya as its programme coordinators in Sabha for the past eight months, the station’s director, Ali Shaniber, quoted as saying. Karfana left the TV station at about 7 p.m. with her fiancé, who came to collect her in his car, to attend a friend’s wedding together. When she failed to arrive home, her mother contacted the TV station, where an employee confirmed that Karfana had left. ...


11 August 2014

The Journalist for the daily El Bueno Tono ( The Good Tone) was shot dead outside his home in San José Cosolapa, Oaxaca, Mexico. According to police sources, Hernández was talking to a young man who had come to his house, claiming to be interested in buying his vehicle when he was shot four times and killed. Rojas was known for reporting police work and topics on organized crime. Media reported that , a few days before his murder, Rojas had published an article about the busting by the Mexican security forces of a criminal cell that was siphoning gas from Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex.

23 October 2014

The 39-year-old editor of Nueva Prensa magazine went missing on 10 October and his body was found with gunshot wounds, according to state authorities in Sinaloa in north-western Mexico , quoted in media. Two people have been arrested in connection with the killing, they added. Urias' magazine covered corruption and regional politics.

11 October 2014

The host on a local radio was shot dead while he was broadcasting live his programme entitled 'Asi es mi Terra' (Such is my land) on radio Fiesta Mexicana i n the Pacific city of Mazatlan . Media reports said that listeners heard the shot being fired after gunmen burst into the studio and shot Tirado in the head. The journalist was a strong supporter of families who had been displaced by the construction of a dam which flooded their land. Tirado, an outspoken opponent of the dam, had led the campaign to secure compensation for the families and his programme focused on the issue. Before his murder, he had reportedly received threats along with other leaders of the campaign.

02 June 2014

The decapitated body of an outspoken Mexican newspaper columnist was found in a garden on the outskirts of the tourist city of Acapulco, according to media reports. Palacios, who worked for El Dictatem newspaper where he wrote a column entitled ' Nada Personal ( Nothing Personal), was kidnapped on 29 May after arriving home, reports added. The journalist was an outspoken critic of figures in authority. His newspaper published his last comments hours before he went missing, in which he denounced corruption in the police and political establishment. Source: Global Journalist

11 February 2014

The 42-year-old crime reporter for Notisur and Liberal del Sur was kidnapped at his home in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz by masked men. His body was found six days later in a shallow grave together with that of Ernesto Ruiz Guillen, a local union leader, and that of an unidentified taxi driver. Ruiz Guillen, a personal friend of Jimenez, stood up to organized crime and Jimenez wrote about his struggle in the past and used to work as photographer for events organized by the union, reports said. Family sources reportedly said that Jimenez was identified as ' the photographer" by the kidnappers when they came for him. Source: T he Huffington Post


23 April 2014

According to reports, the 28-year old correspondent for SAMAA TV and editor of a local newspaper, was travelling to his office with his brother on a motorcycle when unidentified armed men intercepted them and opened fire. Iqbal was shot multiple times and died on the way to hospital. His brother is recovering in hospital.

02 February 2014

The 45-year old correspondent for the Daily "Zamana" Quetta and the Daily Balochistan times in Quetta in Ussta Muhhamad, a district of Jafferabad, was travelling home in a taxi with his son on February 2 when the car was fired upon in a purported attempted robbery. Khawaja died at the scene while the taxi driver died later en route to hospital. Khawaja leaves behind a wife, three sons and two daughters.

03 October 2014

The correspondent of Dunya News was shot dead the town of Hafizabad, Pakistan. Reports said that two gunmen opened fire at Hayder and fled away. He died on the spot. The local police registered the case and started investigation, media reports added.

28 August 2014

According to the Pakista Federal Union of Journalists(OPFUJ), an IFJ affiliate, 35-year-old Mustoi who worked as assignment editor of ARY News in Quetta and served as General Secretary Balochistan Union of Journalist (BUJ), was shot dead by unknown gunmen who sprayed bullets at his office located at MA Jinnah Road, Quetta, Balochistan. Two of his colleagues who were in the office , trainee reporter Muhammad Abdul Rasool and media staff Muhammad Younas , were also killed in the attack. The assailants fled the crime scene. The victims' bodies were taken to the hospital and initial examinations stated that all three died due to bullet injuries to their chest and heads.

05 October 2014

Unknown gunmen shot dead Yaqoob Shehzad while he visited the office of a friend in the city’s busiest neighbourhood of Sagar Road. Shehzad, a correspondent of TV channel Express News , was shot in the head three times and was pronounced dead upon arrival at a hospital. According to eyewitnesses, the gunmen arrived at the office and opened indiscriminate fire, which injured an office assistant. The assailants fled from the scene immediately. Shehzad, a father of four, had been working with Express News since the channel was launched in 2008. He was also the chairperson of the Hafizabad Press Club.

06 November 2014

The Dharti TV journalist was killed in Ghambat Khurha, Sindh, in Pakistan’s Southeast. According to reports, a group of people opened fire on him when he was on the way to his office at about 3 pm. He died at the scene as a result of his injuries. The motive behind the killing has not been established. However, other journalists in Sindh believed it was related to his profession and staged a protest demanding the killers’ arrest.

17 January 2014

The three Express News employees, technician Waqas Aziz Khan , driver Khalid Khan and security guard Ashraf Arian were fired upon as they sat in an Express TV van. A fourth staff member, a cameraman, was reportedly injured but in a stable condition. Express News bureau chief Aslam Khan said the van was parked near the Matric Board Office in Nazimabad for a routine assignment when four gunmen on two motorbikes approached the stationary vehicle and opened fire through the window. The three men were shot multiple times from close range and died soon after. Law enforcers found at least 17 shell casings from 9mm and 32-bore pistols at the crime scene. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack. ...

03 March 2014

The photographer for Reuters and reporter for local newspapers, Daily Mahsib and Daily Shamal , was shot in the neck by unidentified gunmen while travelling with his family in Abbotabad, the Hazara region of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. He passed away in the early morning of Monday 3 March 2014. According to Pakistan Federation Union of Journalists (PFUJ) , and IFJ affiliate and the Abbotabad Union of Journalsits, he was under threat for his reporting and had recently been provided police protection for a two month period. In January, 2013, Tanoli was arrested and released on bail in a case of murder of two students, whose family had publicly threatened him of revenge. Source:

28 March 2014

The driver of TV presenter Raza Rumi was killed when their car came under heavy fire from unidentified gunmen as the media personality was returning home after his weekly show in the city of Lahore. Rumi is believed to have been the target in the attack, as he had received threats warning him he was on the Taliban’s hit-list. He survived the attempt assassination with minor injuries but his bodyguard, Anwar Hussain, was hit several times and left paralysed.

01 January 2014

The senior reporter for the Aaab Tak News Channel was shot by unidentified assailants on his way home on Tuesday 31 December in the Badha area of the country's Larkana district, according to media reports. He was taken to hospital with critical injuries and passed away in the early hours of New Year's Day. Following Dahar's death, a series of protests led by IFJ affiliate, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), were held by journalists across Pakistan to call for the government to step up its efforts to protect the safety of journalists in the country.

Palestinian Territory

11 July 2014

The Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate (PJS) said that the journalist, who worked for Gaza Now website, was killed in an Israeli war jet bombardment on Deir Albalah town, south of the Gaza Strip while he was covering the fighting.

31 July 2014

The two journalists were killed by Israeli artillery shelling of Shojayah market which also injured seriously another journalists, according to the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate (PJS), an IFJ affiliate. The trio were reporting from the scene of an initial shelling of the market when they were caught up in a second bombing. Sameh Al-Aryan (26), who worked for the Al-Aqsa TV Channel, died of the wounds he sustained in the attack which also killed 25-year-old photojournalist Rami Rayan who worked for the Palestinian Media Network. Another photojournalist, Hamed Shobaky, who works for the Manara Media Production Company, was severely wounded in the same incident. ...

13 August 2014

According to IFJ affiliate, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS), Italian photographer Kamili Simon , 37, who worked for Associated Press, and Palestinian photographer Ali Abuafash , 38, who worked for AFP, were killed today, Wednesday 13 August, in Beit Lahya, north of the Gaza Strip. They were filming as Palestinian bomb disposal experts tried to dismantle the bomb when it exploded. Another Palestinian photographer, Hatem Musa, 37, who also works for Associated Press, was seriously injured in the incident.

20 July 2014

The 25 year-old , who worked for Ray News Agency, and was shot dead while covering Israeli military operations in the Shochaeyah Gaza neighbourhood, according to the IFJ affiliate, Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate.

25 August 2014

The Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate (PJS), an IFJ affiliate, said that Mortaja who worked as a journalist for Al-Aqsa TV was killed by artillery shelling while covering news of Shojaeyah battles.

09 July 2014

According to IFJ affiliate, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS), Shihab, who worked as a driver for Media 24 agency, was killed by an Israeli rocket that hit his car when he was driving in the Gaza Strip area.


16 May 2014

The 28-year-old journalist for Radio Amambay was shot dead in the crime -ridden city of Pedro Juan Caballero bordering Brazil, reports said. According to police sources, the journalist was shot 2 times by unidentified gunmen who opened fire on him as he returned home, before fleeing on a motorcycle. The Journalists' Syndicate of Paraguay (SPP), an IFJ affiliate, organised a protest in front of the Interior Ministry in Asuncion, demanding that the government solve the murder of Alcaraz, who was known for his reports on drug trafficking. The SPP General Secretary Vicente Paez said that Alcaraz had made several reports on drug-trafficking rings and their connections with institutions of the provincial administration. ...

21 October 2014

According to reports, Medina (53), a regional correspondent for Paraguay's largest independent newspaper, ABC Color , was returning from a reporting trip outside the eastern city of Curuguaty, when his vehicle was stopped by two gunmen on a motorcycle. He was shot four times and died at the scene. His assistant Antonia Maribel Almada, 19, was also killed in the attack. Four suspects are said to have been detained.

19 June 2014

Media reports said that the journalist was killed in his own home located in Concepción, when unidentified attackers e ntered and shot him. Fernández Fleitas, a host at Belén Comunicaciones radio, was a critic of local courts which he accused of corruption and their links to drug trafficking. While the authorities vowed to find his killers, investigations appeared to have led nowhere and no one has been held accountable for his murder.


08 July 2014

The journalist who presented the programme ' Más Noticias' (More news), on Más Radio (More Radio), was murdered at his home in the province of Pacasmayo, department La Libertad, Peru, according to media reports. Investigators indicated that Cueva, whose lifeless body was found in his bedroom with his hands and feet tied, had suffered a blow to the head which knocked him unconscious. They believed that hand his killers dragged him to his bedroom where they suffocated him, reports added. The journalist had criticised on his programme ethics and standing of candidates running for mayor of Pacasmayo, suggesting that his murder might have been linked to his public views as a journalist.

09 November 2014

The investigative journalist who worked revista Caretas was shot dead while visiting family in his father’s dry goods store in Cañete, south of Lima. Reports said that two gunmen entered, shot Uribe, and left without stealing anything from the shop. At the time of his death, Uribe was investigating multiple stories concerning dangerous crime and corruption. Specifically, he had been investigating murderous gangs that extort construction companies in Cañete. In the past he had worked on stories about the relationship between a Mexican drug trafficker and Congressman Jose Leon and also on the violent eviction that eventually led to the death of a man in Cajamarca by a police squad. Source: Peru this Week


06 April 2014

The 52 -year-old reporter for the tabloid Remate and a block timer of dwAD radio station in Cavite sustained at least four gunshot wounds when unidentified number of gunmen barged into her home in Barangay Talaba, Bacoor. She was shot repeatedly in front of her son and 10-year-old granddaughter. Garcia underwent surgery at St Dominic Hospital in Cavite but died several hours later.

23 May 2014

The 54-year-old broadcaster for Digos City radio was shot dead along Del Pilar Street in Dig City. The NUJP said that Oliverio was on his way home when two gunmen who did not even bother to cover their faces shot him. Colleagues in Digos said that the journalist was known for his scathing commentary on local politics and that he used to express strong views on his programme against the proliferation of illegal gambling and drugs in the city.

04 May 2014

The 35-year-old community-based journalist in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi was gunned down by unidentified attackers a day after the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), IFJ affiliate, condemned the comments of the provincial police chief, Senior Supt Joselido Salido, who had ruled out the possibility of the Nadjid's murder being work-related, saying the victim was " just one disc jockey, a person who plays popular music on FM radio station. He is not a journalist." The NUJP chairperson Rowena C. Paraan took objection to that, replying that " For Salido's enlightenment, Nadjid was not only the station manager of DxNN Power Myx FM Station in Bongao, he also managed the station's regular morning news and public affairs programme."

09 June 2014

The 67-year old journalist and Host for dwIM radio station was shot outside his home in Calapan city , Oriental Mindonoro by unknown gunmen . According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), an IFJ affiliate, Baculo had learnt in 2008 of a plot to kill him from a hired gunman contracted to carry out the hit. He petitioned the court for protection which was granted and the Court of Appeals granted the continuance of that protection order. However, a few months later, the appellate court denied the broadcaster’s petition, stating that the supposed threat on his life was “unsubstantiated”. Following the denial of his petition, Baculo was quoted as saying “our justice system is rotten. ...

Russian Federation

01 August 2014

The correspondent of Dosh , a magazione which covers mainly the Russian Caucasus went missing from his home on 31 July and his body discovered the following day in a suburb of Nalchik, the capital of the autonomous Kabardino-Balkar Republic in the Russian Caucasus, according to reports. Kuashev covered abuses carried out by the security forces in the course of anti-terrorism operations. He had received threats for years and wrote about them in an open letter he published in April 2013, saying he was concerned for his life. He had also reported received death threats from users of the LiveJournal blog platform. “As a provocateur, aren’t you afraid of being swept away by the wave you create,” one wrote, suggesting that Kuashev was on a hit-list. ...


21 April 2014

The staffer of radio Dalasn, also known as ‘Camaar’ was killed by unidentified gunmen who shot him several times in the head and chest at Mogadishu's Bakaaro market, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) quoted radio Dalsan. According to the radio Dalsan management, Mohamed Omar had worked for the radio for two weeks in Marketing Department. He had gone to Bakaaro on Monday afternoon on duty. Source: NUSOJ

18 November 2014

The journalist who worked for Radio Daljir in Puntland and London-based Horn TV was shot dead by unidentified attackers in the town of Galkayo, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), an IFJ affiliate. Police sources confirmed the shooting and were quoted as saying that “"The assailants have escaped after the shooting but the police are still in pursuit of the perpetrators." His colleagues Nuh Muse said: "Armed men opened fire on him. I don't know why they targeted him. He was a brilliant guy who loved his work," the AFP quoted him as saying. Abdirisak Ali Abdi became the third journalist to be killed in Somalia since the start of the year. Sources: NUSOJ, AFP

21 June 2014

The journalist who worked for Radio Mustaqbal, a Mogadishu-based private station killed when an explosive device ripped through his vehicle at Eel Gaab junction in Hamarweyne District in Mogadishu, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ). The IFJ affiliate quoted witnesses as saying that the device exploded with a loud bang leaving behind a completely devastated vehicle. Police who immediately reached the spot were unable to put the fire out. A colleague reportedly said that the device had been attached to Keynan’s car and described the attack as murder targeting the journalist.


08 March 2014

The cameraman for Al-Mayadeen, a Beirut-based satellite television channel was killed while covering the fighting between the Syrian army and rebels in the Deir Ezzor province, according to the channel quoted by AFP. A Syrian army officer reportedly said that the cameraman was shot in the neck by a sniper and died in hospital, AFP added. Source: AFP

10 March 2014

The Canadian national and freelance photographer was killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo by a barrel bomb, according to the French Press Agency, AFP. Reports said that the photographer, who reportedly supplied pictures to SIPA and EPA agencies, was taking photographs of the damage caused by an earlier bomb launched from helicopters of the Syrian army at a roundabout in Haydariyeh when an unexploded barrel bomb went off, killing him. Mustafa had worked in Syria periodically since early 2013, as well as in Israel and the Palestinian territories, Egypt and Brazil.

08 December 2014

Media reports said that Rami Asmi and Yousef El-Dous , both correspondents for the Syrian opposition TV channel Orient News were killed along with their cameraman Salem Khalil in the south west of Syria. The channel reportedly said that the crew members were on their way to Sheikh Miskeen to report on rebel advances when their vehicle was hit by a guided missile. They had just driven past government forces in the locality of Qarfa, the channel’s statement added, noting that the van “was not marked as a press vehicle but was identifiable because it was carrying a satellite dish almost 1.8m in diameter.” Sources: BBC, AFP, CPJ

05 December 2014

Abdul Rahman Abu Batra was killed by ISIS in the city of Lattakia, North-West Syria. He worked as a presenter and journalist at Syrian Al Shaab TV.

19 August 2014

The American Freelance journalist was killed by the Islamic State (IS) militants who posted online a video footage showing his gruesome the beheading. The IS said that Foley was murdered in retaliation to US airstrikes against the jihadi group in Iraq. He had covered the conflict in Libya where he was also detained and on his release, moved to report on the fighting in Syria for various media organisations, including the GlobalPost and the AFP.

14 April 2014

According to media reports, reporter Hamza Haj Hassan, cameraman Mohamad Mantash and technician Halim Allaw, who worked for Hezbollah’s al-Manar television station, were shot while covering fighting between government forces and insurgents. Al-Manar aired footage of a bullet riddled car in which it said the crew was travelling when they were attacked. Two other members of the crew were also wounded in the attack, but are said to be in a stable condition.

02 September 2014

The 31 year old seasoned reporter was killed by the Islamic militant group , the so-called Islamic State (IS) which posted a video showing his murder by beheading. Sotloff was very familiar with the Middle East, having covered conflicts there for many years over the past decade. A native of Miami (USA), he was a highly respected freelance journalist who worked for Time magazine, Foreign Policy and World Affairs . He was seized in Syria in 2013.


17 June 2014

The Russian TV journalist was killed in a mortar attack near Lugansk, Eastern Ukraine. Igor, who worked for All Russian State TV and Radio Company, was covering clashes between pro Russia insurgents and government forces when he was hit in an attack on a separatists' check point. He was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards. His sound engineer Anton Voloshin was also killed on the spot. Another crew member , cameraman Viktor Denisov survived.

05 August 2014

The 33-year-old photographer, missing since early August 2015, was found dead in Ukraine, the RIA-Novosti press agency he worked for announced, according to AFP quoting the Russian agency. The RIA-Novosti chief ,Dmitry Kiselev, was quoted as saying that Stenin, initially thought as having been detained, had actually been killed when his car was hit by bullets and burn on the road close Donetsk, a rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine. Russia had opened a probe in mid-August into the disappearance of the photographer and had believed that he had been taken by Ukrainian authorities, AFP added. Source: AFP

30 June 2014

Media reports said the cameraman who worked for the Russian public television, Channel One, was fatally wounded in the stomach when the convoy he was travelling in came under fire reportedly from Ukrainian forces in Donetsk. Klyan became the 6th journalist to lose his life in Ukraine since the political crisis began in the country. Last week, two other Russian journalists, Igor Kornelyuk, Anton Voloshin were killed in Lugansk. In May, Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian assistant Andrei Mironov were killed in the restive region while journalist Viacheslav Veremii was shot and fatally wounded in the stomach at the height of the Kiev protests in Kiev.

24 May 2014

According to reports, Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian interpreter Andrey Mironov were killed in Slavyansk, eastern Ukraine, while covering fighting between government forces and pro-Russian insurgents. Another media staff, William Roguelon, a French photographer who was travelling with Rocchelli and Mironov and was wounded in the incident, is reported to have said that they were hit by mortar fire as they were taking shelter in a roadside ditch.

29 November 2014

The 57-year-old senior journalist editor of Criminal Express , a newspaper in Donetsk covering the crime news, was killed along his wife in a village of Bogorodychne near Slovyansk in war-torn Donetsk Oblast, according to police sources. Officials of the Interior Ministry were quoted as saying that the couple was knifed to death. Media reports added that Kuchynsk had gained reputation from his investigations into the Donbass mafia.

18 February 2014

The journalist for Vesti newspaper died of wounds he sustained in attack allegedly by the” tityshki” , a group of youths who have been accused of working in collusion with security forces in Ukraine, according to the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine, an IFJ affiliate. The Union said that Veremii was shot and fatally wounded in the stomach. He was admitted to hospital where he later died.

United States

28 August 2014

The sound engineer with “Cops”, a reality TV show in Omaha, was accidentally killed in cross fire by police in Omaha. The victim was a member of COPS TV crew filming a police operation when officers responded to a robbery. The city's police chief said the robber, who also died in the incident on Tuesday, fired at the officers with a pellet gun that looked like a real pistol and officers returned fire. In the confusion during the shootout, soundman Bryce Dion was hit with a single bullet and died. The police chief defended the decision to invite the TV crew to film the operation , saying it was intended to garner the public support for the force. Source: BBC


06 December 2014

The US photojournalist was killed in a rescue raid by US special forces in Yemen. Somers, who worked as a journalist and photographer for Yemeni news organisations and contributed material to international news outlets, including the BBC News website , was kidnapped outside a supermarket in the Yemeni capital Sanaa in September 2013. Another hostage, South African charity worker Pierre Korkie, was also killed in the same incidents. Reports said that both hostages were badly injured in the firefight between American soldiers and militants. Somers was reportedly to have died while being treated on a US navy ship. Source: BBC, AFP

15 August 2014

According to the Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate (YJS), an IFJ affiliate, Abdulrahman Hameed Aldin, who worked for Sana’a Radio, was shot in the head by an armed assailants in Yemen’s capital city, Sana’a. He was taken to hospital where he passed away the following day.