Journalists & media staff killed list in 2015

India

05 July 2015

The television journalist and special correspondent of Hindi news channel Aaj Tak, was covering the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, India, at the time of his death. The scam involves allegations of bribes made for higher results on the exam required for government jobs in the state. Singh was interviewing family members of Namrata Damor, a woman connected to the scam, when he fell unconscious and died. He was 38 years old. More than 35 people linked to the Indian scam have also died in unclear or suspicious circumstances. An investigation into Singh’s death is underway but the results have not been released.

Nepal

25 April 2015

The sports journalist with the state-owned Nepali daily Gorkhapatra, was killed during earthquakes that devastated much of Nepal during April and May 2015. A stringer for the state media for three years, Bomjan had earlier worked for Nepal FM and media in his hometown of Makwanpur, where he also chaired the Nepal Sports Journalists Forum’s district coordination chapter. His body was recovered in Kathmandu on 2 May.

Sri Lanka

08 September 2015

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is saddened by death of a Sri Lankan journalist on duty on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 in the North Central Province. According to police reports, the 43-year-old provincial journalist was attacked by a wild elephant in Minneriya, near a national park in the n orth central province where the journalist had gone to cover incidents of wild elephant attacks in the area. He was admitted to the Hingurakgoda Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.