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Journalists & media staff killed list in 2017

Afghanistan

17 May 2017

The four media workers for the Afghan Public Radio and Television (RTA) in the city of Jalalabad, Nangrahar province, were killed in the suicide attack on the RTA. 17 others staff members were injured in the attack. Media reports said that four attackers, including two suicide bombers, forced their way into the RTA station at around 9:30 am. The two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the front gate and outside the main building while other attackers entered the main building. It took the security forces more than three hours to end the assault.

31 May 2017

TOLO TV staff member Aziz Navin and BBC Afghan driver in Kabul Mohammed Nazir were among victims of the explosion in the Zanbaq Square in Afghanistan capital, which killed at least 80 people and injured 350. Three more journalists of BBC Kabul and a reporter of TV1 channel were also injured. The office of TV1 is close to the explosion area. The Taliban have denied responsibility of the attack. In a statement, the BBC said that : "It is with great sadness that the BBC can confirm the death of BBC Afghan driver Mohammed Nazir following the vehicle bomb in Kabul earlier today, as he was driving journalist colleagues to the office," the BBC World Service said in a statement. Four BBC journalists were also injured and were treated in hospital. ...

Bangladesh

03 February 2017

The local correspondent of the Bangla-language daily Samakal, was shot i n the face while covering clashes between two factions of the ruling party, the Awami League, on Thursday 2 February during which gunshots were fired. He was admitted to a local hospital in a critical condition. He died on Friday on the way to capital Dhaka, where he was being taken for further treatment. His condition deteriorated mid-way and he was taken to a hospital in Tangail, central Bangladesh, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Burma (Myanmar)

16 April 2017

The 27-year-old weekly magazine editor at the Iron Rose was found dead at the publications offices in Rangoon’s Pazundaung Township. Heinn published a number of articles that have been critical of the elites in Myanmar particularly the military, business and government. Police captain Yin Htwe told Reuters that Heinn was stabbed 15 times in the chest and abdomen. The exact date of his murder is unknown as it was neighbors who contacted the publication’s chief editors, complaining of an odor coming from the publications office. A determination is currently being made as to when the killing took place. Iron Rose was known to be critical of Myanmar's establishment, including its recent stories about Myanmar's former ruling generals and businessmen connected to them.

Dominican Republic

14 February 2017

Luís Manuel Medina, the presenter of the news programme Milenio Caliente – or Hot Millennium – was killed while on air at the radio station FM 103.5 when gunmen opened fire during a news bulletin which was being broadcast on Facebook Live. Producer and director Leo Martínez was also shot dead in an adjacent office at the radio station FM 103.5. Gunfire could be heard during the Facebook Live video, along with a woman yelling “Shots! Shots! Shots!” before the transmission abruptly cuts off. The station secretary Dayaba Garcia was also injured in the attack and taken to hospital where she needed emergency surgery. Police said the shooting occurred in San Pedro de Macorís, a small city 45 miles east of the capital, Santo Domingo. ...

Honduras

17 January 2017

Igor Padilla The 36-year-old TV news presenter for Canal HCH and well-known crime report was fatally injured when four unidentified gunmen opened fire on him in Suyapa, an area of San Pedro Sula as we he filming a TV documentary on violence against journalists in the country. According to reports, Padilla received a phone call and stepped on the street to take it when the four attackers, allegedly in police uniform, shot him with high velocity weapons. He was taken to hospital with multiples injuries but died on the way. 18 have been arrested in connection with the journalist’s murder and two have reportedly confessed to their involvement, reports added. ...

India

31 May 2017

The 42-year-old was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne assailants at his office in Pipliya Mandi, 15km from district headquarters Mandsaur. He was shot twice from close range and died on the way to hospital. Jain was reportedly filing stories for Indore-based Hindi daily Nai Dunia , with which he was associated for the last 12 years. Jain’s family said that local illegal liquor sellers had threatened to kill him after he reported their activities to the police a few days back. According to a report the family claimed that Jain had informed the police about the threat.

Iraq

24 June 2017

The female journalist, who was wounded in the same landmine blast that killed two colleagues Stephan Villeneuve and their fixer and Iraqi Kurdish reporter Bakhtiyar Addad in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week, died of her injuries. According to the AFP quoting France Televisions where both Ms Robert and Mr Villeneuve worked, she had been operated on in Iraq and then flown back for treatment in France overnight Thursday to Friday but died of her wounds.

25 February 2017

The 30-year-old female reporter working for Iraqi Kurdish channel Rudaw was killed in the explosion of a roadside bomb while covering fighting between government forces and jihadists in Mosul, the AFP quoted her channel as saying. Her cameraman was also injured and received treatment at a local hospital. Source: AFP

19 June 2017

Media reports said that a roadside explosion in the Iraqi city of Mosul killed Kurdish journalist Bakhtiyar Addad who was working as a fixer for French journalists, Stephan Villeneuve, Véronique Robert and Samuel Forey. Stephan Villeneuve , a video journalist who had covered a number of conflicts across the world, was fatally wounded and died from his wounds at a hospital on a UN military base. He was in Mosul to film a piece on the battle of Mosul for French news programme Envoye Special, aired on public television channel France 2. His colleagues were injured in the blast. The journalists were accompanying Iraqi special forces during the battle to reconquer Mosul from the Islamic State (EI) group, AFP reported. Source: AFP

Mexico

14 June 2017

The body of the director of the local television station 6TV, who had been missing after being abducted on 18 May in the city of Nueva Italia was found in the western state of Michoacán. Media reports quoted state officials as saying that Adame’s burnt remains had been located near Nuevo Italia and identified with DNA testing. Adame reportedly covered local politics but avoided reporting on the criminal activities of the drug barons. He and his wife were detained by the local police in 2016 for covering a protest outside city hall, according to media reports.

15 May 2017

The 73-year old veteran journalist was shot dead outside a shop in Paz, a town located in the state of Baja California Sur. Local media reports said the journalist, who was with his wife, had parked his car when unidentified gunmen in another vehicle fired up to 15 bullets on the couple, killing the journalist and wounding his wife. Maximino Rodríguez Palacios was still active in reporting on the activities of organised crime groups and often published details of the gangsters, including their names. He reportedly was aware of the risks to his life and often said he had no fear and was ready for the consequences of his work.

15 May 2017

The 26-year-old reporter for El Costeño, a weekly publication founded by his father, was shot dead in the locality of Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco. The victim was travelling in a car with his mother Córdova Oceguera who is also El Costeño’s deputy sales manager when the attackers opened fire , killing journalist and injuring his mother in the shoulder. Media reports said that the publication focused on crime and social affairs in the local community’s offices and its offices were under police protection.

23 March 2017

The 54-year-old female correspondent for La Jornada newspaper was shot dead outside her home. Ms Breach, who covered mainly corruption, organised crime and drug traffic, was in her car in the morning outside her home when unidentified gunmen in another car shot her. She was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards. The journalist had also worked for the magazine Norte de Ciudad Juárez which ceased publication because of the climate of violence which made it impossible to the free practice of journalism.

02 March 2017

The editor of La Voz de la Tierra Caliente and contributor to La Jornada Guerrero newspaper was shot dead by two youths riding a motorbike in the city of Altamirano, Guerrero State. The crime reporter, who also contributed to El Universo and had reportedly received death threats from organised crime groups, recently revealed the involvement of a PRI representative in drug trafficking. In September, 2015, Birto was attacked by two armed men outside his home and one suspect was detained in 2016 in connection with the attack.

15 May 2017

The founder of Riodoce , a weekly publication, was shot dead outside his office by unidentified gunmen in Culiacan city in the north-western Mexican state of Sinaloa. Javier Valdez Cárdenas, who covered extensively drug trafficking, had reportedly received death threats against him and his publication. He reportedly said that, in 2009, there was a grenade attack against his publication but no one was hurt. Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto led the condemnation of Cárdenas’ killing who described it as an ‘outrageous crime’ and pledge to protect journalists in his country.

19 March 2017

The 57-year-old director of the El Politico magazine and columnist for El Sol de Córdoba and el Diario de Xalapa was shot dead in the Mexican state of Veracruz while he was with his family. Monlui served as President of the Association of Journalists and Photographers de Córdoba and was the leader of a national union for sugar cane farmers, whose members have been victims of attacks in recent years.

29 April 2017

The 65-year-old journalist was shot dead in his car by unidentified gunmen in the municipality ofTlaquiltenango . Landeros, who presented a radio programme of poetry and music on Jojutla station, was taken to the nearby hospital where he subsequently died.

Nigeria

16 April 2017

The journalist who worked for state-owned Radio Glory FM 97.1 was killed by two unidentified gunmen who broke into his home in Yenagoa, a local government area in the Bayelsa State, and shot him several times in the stomach.

Pakistan

11 June 2017

The Bureau Chief of K-2 Times, an Urdu daily newspaper in Haripur, was shot dead by unknown motorbike-borne gunmen near his home at Lora Chowk, Haripur district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The gunmen fled the scene after firing five shots at Elahi, one of which hit his head and others his chest and stomach.

12 February 2017

The 22-year-old assistant cameraman of privately-owned Samaa TV news channel, was shot in his head and chest when he was traveling in the Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) van in north Nazimabad to report on an attack on the police. He was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he died from his injuries. The unidentified assailants on a motorbike had thrown an explosive device on a police armored personnel carrier, and had started shooting when the Samaa TV van arrived.

12 January 2017

Unidentified gunmen shot dead the journalist of Qudrat, the local Urdu language newspaper in Pakistan's troubled southwestern Balochistan province, close to Afghan and Iranian border, according to AFP quoting police sources 37-year-old Jan was shot while on his way home on a motorcycle in Qalat district, some 160 kilometres south of Quetta, the provincial capital. "Two attackers on motorcycle opened fire on him, using a pistol and killing him on the spot," senior police officer Muhammad Ali told AFP. Jan was also working as a press secretary for the Balochistan media council. Source: AFP

Philippines

13 March 2017

The columnist for the tabloid Remate was killed by assailants on a motorbike who shot him four times in the back. Brinoes, popularly known as ‘Dos por Dos’ after the radio show he used to host, was a hard-hitting journalist, having also published the local Masbate Tribune. In 2000, Brinoes was sentenced to 12 years in jail after been found guilty of six libel charges. He served five year of the sentence, after which he was released on parole in 2005. Following his release, he was harassed and intimidated by the local authorities, including in 2009 when the Masbate provincial vice governor brought a lawsuit against him. The vice governor filed libel allegations against the then editor the Masbate Tribune.

Russian Federation

19 April 2017

The 73-year-old co-founder of the weekly newspaper Novy Petersburg, who was attacked in St. Petersburg on 9 March by unidentified assailants and had remained unconscious at the hospital since then, died of his wounds. According to Radio Free Europe,quoting Andrushchenko's colleagues and lawyer , the veteran journalist underwent surgery after the attack and initially had been connected to a ventilator but was later able to breathe on his own. However, they said he never regained consciousness and died on April 19. His attackers have not been found. ...

24 May 2017

The editor-in-chief of Ton-M , a local newspaper, was shot dead in Minusink in the Krasnodarski province, according to Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty. Other reports said that Popkov was found in the sauna in his backyard. He had been shot five times. Popkov’s publication is well known for its hard hitting investigations and he had told Radio Free Europe in a recent interview that his newspaper had become an “obstacle for local officials who are now threatening and intimidating journalists.”

Turkey

29 April 2017

The founder and chairman of the Persian-language GEM TV company, and his business partner were shot dead in the Maslak neighbourhood in Istanbul by masked individuals who opened fire on their vehicle. The vehicle and the gun used in the assassination were later found burnt. GEM TV is known for its entertainment satellite channels that dub foreign films and Western television programs into Farsi for Iranians. The TV has been criticised by Iran for “showing programmes that go against Islamic values” and has been accused of spreading Western culture. The TV is officially banned in Iran but is popular inside the country for movies and Turkish TV shows dubbed into Farsi. ...

Yemen

26 May 2017

The three photojournalists were killed in a rocket attack carried out by the al Houthi rebels in Taiz city, according to the Yemeni Journalists' Syndicate, an IFJ affiliate. Two other photojournalists, Waled Al- Qadasi and Salah Al- Wahbani were injured in the incident.