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Journalists & media staff killed list in 2018

Afghanistan

21 September 2018

Tolo News journalist Samim Faramarz when a car bomb went off just metres away from the stand where he had just finished a live report. The journalist was killed on the scene, along with his cameraman Ramiz Ahmadi .

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.

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 .

12 August 2018

The media technician for a local radio and television station in Ghazni province, 148 km southwest of the capital Kabul, was killed in a raid of the Taliban militants who torched the station during their clashes with government’s forces.

23 July 2018

The AFP Kabul driver Mohammad was killed in a suicide bombing attack in the Afghan capital while he was on his way to the AFP bureau for his night shift and was changing public transport near the airport when the suicide bomber blew himself up. Media reports said that the attack was aimed at Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum who had returned from exile and was greeted by his supporters at the capital's international airport. But the former war lord’s armoured vehicle had already whisked him away. Akhtar was among 23 people killed in the attack for which the so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Brazil

16 August 2018

The journalist who contributed to two radio stations, Gazeta and Jacuípe, where he focused on corruption reporting which he also posted on social media, was shot dead in the area of Chapada of the Riachão do Jacuípe town, Bahía state. According to local media reports, four gunmen burst into his home in early hours and shot him. Araújo was well known for his publications on corruption involving officials at various levels of the Administration in his region.

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.

21 June 2018

The radio presenter at Rádio Pérola FM was gunned down by an unidentified armed man on a motorbike who shot him in the back as he arrived at the radio studio located in the state of Pára in northern Brazil for his morning show, Show da Peróla. According to family sources,Jairo Sousa who was known for his outspoken criticism against corruption and organised crime, had received threatening calls shortly before his killing.

Central African Republic

30 July 2018

The three Russian media professionals were killed in what the local authorities described an ambush by an unidentified group of armed men near the village of Sibuti. Director Alexander Rastorguyev , reporter Orkhan Dzhemal and cameraman Kirill Radchenko , who worked for Russian online news organisation Investigation Control Center (TsUR), were slain on the spot while their driver survived the attack. According to TsUR, the three journalists were in the war-torn country to work on a documentary about the activities of the Wagner Group, a paramilitary mercenary company which has ties with the Kremlin and has carried out clandestine combat missions on its behalf in eastern Ukraine and Syria, according to Reuters’ sources . The Russian authorities denied this accusation.

Colombia

01 August 2018

The 15 year veteran presenter was shot dead in the town of Suárez, Cauca. According to local authorities, the journalist received a call on his mobile phone on the evening of his killing and went out to meet someone. It was then that he was killed by a single shot to the head.

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.

02 August 2018

The journalist and editor of Contacto magazine was gunned down by an unidentified assailant on a motorbike in the retion of Tulúa, Valle de Cauca. According to local media, the journalist was shot as he was with his parents and died while he was being transported to the nearest hospital. The authorities also indicated that, while Plazas had not received any threats, a person he did not know had come to his home, hours before he was killed.

26 June 2018

The bodies of three Ecuadorian media professionals who had been abducted on March on the border with Colombia were found in a jungle, according to Colombian authorities. The authorities said that 32-year-old reporter Javier, 45-year old photographer Paul Rivas and their 60-year old driver Efrain Segarra had been killed after being held hostage. The trio who worked for the Ecuador’s influential El Comercio newspaper had gone to report on violence on the remote border with Colombia when they were kidnapped by suspected renegades of the former Colombian guerilla movement, FARC.

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. ...

14 June 2018

The prominent journalist and editor of Rising Kashmir daily was shot dead outside his newspaper office in Srinagar, India by unidentified gunmen. Bukhari was attacked in his car outside his office and received multiple bullets in his head and abdomen. The attackers fled the scene firing multiple indiscreetly at him, his guard and the driver. He was declared brought dead at the hospital. His security guard was also killed in the attack while the driver is receiving treatment. Bukhari has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. He established Rising Kashmir daily in March, 2008 after having served The Hindu daily for 15 years. ...

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.

25 May 2018

The 52-year-old reporter for El Financiero newspaper was found dead in her home with stabs wounds. According to reports quoting officials, the body of Ms González , who lived in the town of norteña de Monterrey, Nuevo León state, was found by her children who were upstairs at the time and called for help. They reportedly told the authorities that they heard no noise. Colleagues of the journalists quoted by the AFP said that she reported on local business, which is not considered ‘sensitive’.

29 May 2018

The 40-year-old correspondent for the Excelsior, a national daily newspaper and contributor to local radio and TV stations, was found beaten to death in the state of Tamaulipas of the US border, according to prosecutors quoted in media reports. The journalist, who covered politics and general news in a state which is in the grip of turf wars among rival drug cartels, was left on a narrow dirty road on the outskirts of Ciudad Victoria one day after he was abducted, media reports added. His body was bloodied, shirtless and missing one shoe. Source: AFP

28 August 2018

The cameraman for the private TV channel, Canal 10, in the resort city of Cancun in the state of Quintana Roo, was shot dead along with another man while the two were walking in the city centre. In a statement, Canal 10 said that Rodriguez Valladares also conducted interviews and features on political issues, media reports said.

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.

30 June 2018

According to the AFP, the 35-year old correspondent for Playa News, a website based in Riviera Maya, close to the popular tourist city of Cancun in the state of Quintana, was shot dead by a gunman while he was at a bar in the indigenous community of Felipe Carillo Puerto. His colleague Ruben Pat at Playa News told AFP that Chan had received deaths threats and had asked for protection from the authorities but did not receive a response. Source: AFP

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.

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

23 August 2018

The 25-year-old local correspondent in Dewan Sahib was allegedly attacked by two men, Tahir Hussain and Muhammad Imran, on the evening of 22 August who left him seriously injured. According to the Pakistani Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Abid had exposed some alleged wrongdoings by his two assailants. He died in the hospital the following day on 23 August.

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

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.

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.

Philippines

07 June 2018

The publisher and columnist of the community paper, Trends and Times, was shot by unidentified persons near the wet market of Panabo City in Davao del Norte. Denora’s colleagues acknowledged that he was ‘fearless’ in his commentaries in broadcast and print, which might have led the brazen attack on him.

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.

20 July 2018

The blocktimer for dwZR radio station, was leaving his home at 4am on Friday morning, on his way to host his program at 5.30am. According to local reports, he was shot 14 times by the unidentified assailants.

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”. ...

Somalia

18 September 2018

According to NUSOJ’s statement, the 30-year-old radio reporter working for privately owned Radio Voice of Peace in Somali city of Galkayo , was slashed in the back and heart when he was leaving the radio station. After the attack, a passer-by saw the journalist lying unconscious on the ground and rushed him quickly to Mudug Regional Hospital. Radio Voice of Peace chief editor Ahmed Mohamed Ali told reportedly said that Osman underwent an emergency operation to save his life but sadly passed away a few minutes afterwards. The killing followed Osman’s reporting on the insecurity of Galkayo city due to the activities of jihadist group Al-Shabbaab and NUSOJ believes that Omar’s reporting was the motive behind the crime.

Syria

16 July 2018

The TV journalist who worked for Sama TV, a pro-Syrian regime station, was killed while covering fighting between government forces and rebels in the southern provinve of Quneitra. According to media reports, Salama died from injuries he had suffered in the shelling of the Masshara area.

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

United States

28 June 2018

Four media professionals and one staff member of the Capital Gazette , a daily published in Annapolis, the capital of Maryland state were shot dead by a gunman in what police described as a ‘ targeted attack.” The paper named the victims as editor and community reporter Wendi Winters (65), Sales assistant Rebecca Smith -34), assistant editor and columnist Robert Hiaasen (59), editorial writer Gerald Fischman (61) and reporter and editor John McNamara (56). Two more people were injured in the shooting, according to media reports. The paper’s crime reporter Phil Davis told media that the gunman, named as Jarrod Ramos “ shot through the glass door to the office ” before opening fire on employees. He was later arrested by police at the scene and taken into custody. ...

Yemen

16 September 2018

Technician Omar Azzi and security guards Jamai Musayab and Obeif Jamai, all working for the Yemeni al-Maraweah radio station were killed in the bombing of the station’s premises by warplanes from the Saudi-led military coalition, which destroyed the transmission tower and aw warehouse.

02 June 2018

The journalist died just two days after his release from a Houthi prison and his family said that Al-Rakan died due to the torture that he had faced, according to his statements shortly before his death and to the report of the physician who examined him after he was freed. Al-Rakan had been detained in Al-Saleh city detention facility located in Taiz, Yemen for unknown reasons.

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.