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Journalists & media staff killed list in 2018

Afghanistan

30 April 2018

Nine journalists, including a female journalist, were killed in Kabul, Afghanistan in back-to-back suicide attacks, the second of which targeted the journalists who had gathered on the site of the first blast near the Afghan Intelligence services headquarters. The two suicide attacks hit central Kabul, on 30 th April. The first bomb was detonated by an assailant on a motorcycle and the second was detonated 20 minutes later among those who had come to rescue those targeted in the first attack, including a group of journalists.. ...

25 April 2018

The Kabul News TV journalist was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen shot dead at Yarana Market on the outskirts of Kandahar city, Afghanistan. Arghand was in his car when two gunmen on a motorbike intercepted him and opened fire at him , killing him on the spot. He had reportedly received threats and had notified security authorities about the threats. Arghand was working as a journalist for 13 years and was currently associated with private TV station, Kabul News and Chinese news agency, Xinhua .

30 April 2018

The 29-year-old BBC reporter was killed in a separate attack in Eastern Khost province, near the border with Pakistan. Ahmad Shah was on his way when armed men on a motorbike opened fire and shot him dead. The journalist was the tenth journalist killed in Afghanistan on the deadliest day , following the twin blast in central Kabul which claimed nine journalists.

Brazil

17 January 2018

The journalist working for radio Beira Rio FM, a local station in the state of Goiás, was shot dead at his home by two gunmen on motorbikes who forced their way into his house and killed him. According to reports quoting police and colleagues, Lopez had received multiple threats for denouncing the local administration on his radio programme. The radio station was also attacked last November and set on fire but the attackers have not been identified.

Colombia

26 March 2018

Journalist Javier Ortega (32), photojournalist Paul Rivas (45) and their 60-year-old driver Efrain Segarra, all working for the El Comercio newspaper were found dead in the coastal region of Mataje on Ecuador's northern border with Colombia. The trio had been snatched on 26 March, with renegades from the former rebel movement in Colombia, FARC, being accused of these killings. The authorities in Colombia and Ecuador launched operations on the border to track down those behind the kidnap and murders of the journalists and their driver.

Guatemala

01 February 2018

The lifeless bodies of the two media professionals were found in the municipality of Mazatenango with torture signs and their hands and feet tied after they went missing on 28 January. According to media reports, Castillo Cifuentes who was the correspondent for Medio Nuestro Diario newspaper based in the department of Quetzaltenango left home to cover the Mazatenango carnival. Luis Alfredo de Léon Miranda, who worked at Radio Coaltepec in the same location, went with Castillo to the same event. Local sources close to Castillo’s family reportedly told media that the journalist had been receiving blackmailing calls.

India

26 March 2018

The 35-year-old journalist who worked for Dainik Bhaskar daily in Bihar state in eastern India and his friend Vijay Singh were killed. The pair were riding a motorbike when they were hit by a car driven by a former village head, who has several criminal cases against him. Locals set the vehicle on fire after the incident.

26 March 2018

The 35-year-old investigative journalist in Madhya Pradesh state in central India was mowed down y a truck on a road in Bhind district and died at the local hospital. Sharma had two "sting" investigations about sand mafia for a regional TV station, News World , and alleged the involvement of police officials in the illegal sand-mining mafia operations in the state. Sharma had reportedly sought police protection following the publication of the reports, but Shailendra Singh Khushwaha, the deputy inspector at the Bhind police station confirmed that the protection hadn’t been provided. The driver of the truck was arrested and the truck was seized by police, as the investigation continued. ...

Iraq

14 January 2018

The photojournalist for Al-Shabab news agency who also contributed to Souq Al-Shuyoukh website was killed in a car explosion in the Matibijah area. According to the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate (OJS), an IFJ affiliate, Al-Mashrafawi was injured while covering fighting between the Iraqi security forces and militants of the so-called Islamic State (IS)in an area between the governorates of Salahiddin and Diyala. He was severely injured and admitted at the Al-Nasiriya hospital where died of his wounds.

Liberia

16 April 2018

The reporter, camera operator and video editor of Super FM and TV was found dead on Duport Road, a suburb of the capital, Monrovia. According to a press release issued by the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), an IFJ affiliate, Brown’s death comes in the wake of an escalation of threats and intimidation of journalists and the independent media by some Government’s officials.

Mexico

15 May 2018

The TV host and Director of Tabasco radio station was gunned down as he left his home in Villahermosa, the capital of southern Tabasco state. Media reports quoted the state governor Arturo Núñez as saying that the killing was not a robbery and appeared to be related to Huerta’s work as a journalist. “They apparently went to execute him,” he said.

13 January 2018

The independent journalist and political columnist for El Diario de Nuevo Laredo since 2016 was shot dead in the city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state. The city is considered one of the most dangerous places in Mexico, reports said. In his last column, Dominquez had denounced the impunity for crime over the last 18 years in Mexico during which those behind the killings had never been identified. According to the Sindicato Nacional de Redactores de la Prensa (SNRP), an IFJ affiliate, Dominquez was the first killed journalist to be killed since the start of 2018.

21 March 2018

The journalist, who contributed to various media outlets, was gunned down by unidentified assailants while he was at home in the locality ofGutierrez Zamora, Veracruz state. According to his colleagues, Vázquez who also edited a website which published reports on the region ofTotonacapan in Veracruz state had received threats but la Comisión Estatal de Atención y Protección de Periodistas (CEAPP said that the journalist had not requested official protection.

Nicaragua

21 April 2018

The correspondent for Canal 6 de Nicaragua was shot dead during the violent protests against social security reforms in the country. According to reports, the journalist was doing a live transmission via Facebook on the protests near the city hall in Bluefields, a coastal town of the Central American country, when he was hit by a single bullet in the head and killed on the sport.

Pakistan

01 March 2018

The 40-year-old sub-editor with Islamabad-based Urdu daily Qaumi Pukaar was shot dead by unkown assailants on Bank Road, the high-security area near the Pakistan Army’s national headquarters while he was returning home after work late in the evening. The motorcycle-borne gunmen intercepted Raja’s motorcycle before firing six bullets, killing him on the spot.

Palestinian Territory

06 April 2018

The 31-year-old photojournalist , who was working for the Gaza-based news agency Ain Media, died from wounds sustained from a gunshot by an Israeli sniper while covering the March of Return rally was in the east of Gaza.

25 April 2018

The 24-year-old photojournalist for the Sawt Al Shaab Radio, who was shot on 13 April by Israeli snipers while covering mass protests near Jabalia in northern Gaza, succumbed to his wounds. Hussein was the second journalist killed by Israeli forces in one month while covering the “March of Return” protests following the killing of fellow journalist Yasser Murtaja earlier in the same month. He was shot in the stomach, according to media reports quoting the Health Ministry in Gaza.

Philippines

01 May 2018

The broadcaster on dyGB 91.7 FM where he presented Tug-anan, a daily programme, was on his way home after his programme when he was shot multiple times. The gunmen also shot the tires of the pedicab which was going to take Sestoso to hospital. Sestoso was fatally injured and died the following day.

Slovak Republic

25 February 2018

The body of the 27-year-old Slovakian reporter working for “Aktuality.sk” news portal was found on 25 February alongside that of his partner Martina Kusnirova at their home in Velka Maca, some 65 kilometres from the capital Bratislava. Slovakian police launched a murder probe on Monday 26 February 2018 and the police commissioner Tibor Gaspard told reporters that the murder was " most likely related to the investigative work of the journalists." Kuciak’s reporting focused mainly on allegations of tax evasion and fraud involving high-ranking officials and tycoons. Police commander Tibor Gaspar said this morning that the murder was “most likely related to the investigative work of the journalist”. ...

Syria

14 March 2018

The photojournalist, who worked for the Arbin Media Office, was fatally injured while covering air strikes in the town of Arbin, eastern Ghouta on 12 March, according to a statement of UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay. Al-Attar died two days later on 14 March from his injuries, the UNESCO statement added. Source: UNESCO

Yemen

13 April 2018

The photographer and camera operator working for Belquees TV and AFP French news agency was also killed after a rocket fired by the Houthi group set his vehicle on fire. During the incident, journalists Waleed Al-Ga’ouir and Ziyab Al-Shater, who were also in the car, were injured, the YJS added.

12 April 2018

Mohammed Naser Al-Washalin , producer ar Yemen TV and the station’s set decorator Abdullah Al-Najjar were both killed in an airstrike by the Saudi Coalition in Bajil area of Al-Hudaydah governorate (west Yemen) while filming a drama TV series.