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Journalists & media staff killed list in 2016

Afghanistan

05 June 2016

The French news agency AFP reported that the award-winning American journalist and his 38-year-old Afghan translator Zabihullah Tamanna were killed Sunday while traveling with an Afghan army unit that came under fire in southern Helmand province. The National Public Radio (NPR) for which Gilkey worked said that the vehicle the journalist and his translator were travelling in was struck by shellfire near the town of Marjah, accoridng the AFP. Two other National Public Radio journalists traveling with Gilkey in a separate vehicle, reporter Tom Bowman and producer Monika Evstatieva, were unharmed. Source:AFP

29 January 2016

The correspondent for the government-run Nangarhar TV and Radio network, in the Afghan district of Surkhrod, was shot dead by unidentified assailants as he was returning home from a private gathering. According to reports, Khaksar had received threats from Daesh.

20 January 2016

According to reports, seven members of the Kaboora Production, which produces content for TOLO TV, Lemar TV, Arman FM, Arakozia FM and TOLONews of the MOBY Media Group, were killed when the bus was targeted in the bomb attack at 5pm at Darul Aman Road in south western Kabul.Reports said that a suicide bomber rammed a motorcycle into the bus before detonating a bomb. They included 28-year-old Jawad Hussaini , who was a video editor at TOLO TV. More than two dozen others, including women and children, were injured in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. It has previously threatened TOLO TV in October 2015 saying they no longer considered TOLO TV as a media outlet but military targets. ...

Brazil

10 March 2016

The 51-year-old presenter at Radio Difusora AM i n Sao Jorge do Oeste, a town in the southern state of Parana around 140 kilometers (87 miles) from the border with Argentina, was shot dead by gunmen live on air. In a statement, the station said that t he attackers had knocked on the door and been allowed in before shooting Joao Valdecir de Borba in the abdomen after locking one of the presenter's colleagues in the restroom. The suspects subsequently fled in a dark-colored Fiat Strada, according to witnesses quoted in the local daily Gazeta do Povo . The journalist had worked at Radio Difusora AM for a decade, where he hosted several music programs, according to the station's statement.

17 August 2016

The 64-year-old veteran photojournalist who had worked for various news outlet in Brazil and published in O Grito magazine for the last two decades was shot five times in the back as he was walking to his car after leaving a friend's house in Santa Luzia, a district of Belo Horizonte the capital city of the Minas Gerais state. He was taken to hospital in that evening but died shortly before midnight.

Guatemala

26 June 2016

The Director of a local radio ‘Illusion’ was gunned down in the municipality of Coatepeque located in the Department of Quetzaltenango . According to media reports quoting eye witnesses, the journalist was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on a motorbike who open fire on him a few meters from his home as he was waiting for a bus. He was hit on the head and taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Media organisations in Guatemala condemned the targeted killing of López, who also presented a programme called“Acontecer Coatepecano” which discussed various issued including health, security, education and justice.

Guinea

05 February 2016

The reporter who worked for the news websites Guinée7 and Afrik was shot and killed during clashes between rival factions of the West African nation's main opposition party, according to witnesses and the government quoted in media reports. "He was shot at point-blank range. I'm here next to the body at the morgue right now," said Ibrahima Sory Traoré, publishing director of Guinee7.com for which Diallo worked. Reports said El Hadj Mohamed Diallo was killed at the headquarters of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG) in the capital Conakry during violence which broke out after one member who had been excluded from the party attempted to force his way in with his supporters to attend a leadership meeting. ...

India

14 February 2016

The bureau chief of the Jan Sandesh Times, a Hindi newspaper in Sultanpur, in eastern Uttar Pradesh, was driving to Sultanpur with his uncle when two unidentified people on a motorcycle stopped the car and opened fire. Mishra was rushed to hospital but died on route. According to the Uttar Pradesh journalist union, Mishra was potentially targeted for his writings about illegal black market activities in Uttar Pradesh, sometimes referred to as the ‘mud mafia’.

12 May 2016

The 35-year-old television journalist based in Chatra of Jharkhand state was shot dead by unidentified people near his home while he was on his motorcycle. The assailants fired at least five shots, two of which hit him killing him immediately. Yadav, also known as Akhilesh Pratap Yadav, was the local correspondent for Taaza TV, a Hindi news channel based in Kolkota. Originally from Bihar state, Yadav had settled down in Jharkhand working as a journalist for five years and was known for his critical reporting on corruption. He is survived by his wife and two children.

15 May 2016

Rajdeo Ranjan, Bureau Chief of Dainik Hindustan inSiwan, Bihar and Akhilesh Pratap Singh at Dewari village in Chatra district of Jharkhand were gunned down just hours apart. The Indian Journalists Union (IJU), an IFJ affiliate, said that the two were killed as a result of their work exposing corruption and criminal activities of "political and criminal" mafia groups. Rajdeo Ranjan was vice-president of the Siwan District Unit of the Bihar Working Journalists Union (BWJU) which is affiliated to the IJU. He had previously been attacked in 2005 in an assault on his newsroom. The shootings took the toll of murders of journalists in India to nine in the past year and to more than 100 in the last two decades.

Iraq

13 August 2016

The reporter for Roj News Agency was was kidnapped in the Malta neighbourhood of Duhok on 13 August and his body was found a few hours later dumped on the Semel-Duhok road. According to the news agency, preliminary investigations showed Ali had been tortured.

15 June 2016

The 45-year-old photographer, who was employed by Iraq's Interior Ministry elite forces and contributed to other news outlets, was killed by a mortar round during fighting in Fallujah in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar. He was killed when a mortar round landed near a group of journalists and members of the security forces in Fallujah, according to media reports. Three armed members of the security forces were also killed.

13 July 2016

The cameraman for Al-Ghadeer TV was killed in the Qayyarah area to the north of Baghdad when a roadside bomb hit the car he was travelling in with other journalists was, media reports said. Two other journalists Ali Jawad and Ali Muftin of Iraqiya state television were wounded in the incident. Source: AFP

12 January 2016

Gunmen shot dead Saif Tallal, correspondent Sharqiya TV, and his cameraman Hassan al-Anbagi i n Diyala north-east of B aghdad, according to channel quoted by AFP. Sharqiya TV is a Sunni-owned TV channel viewed as sympathetic to the country's Sunni minority, reports say. According to the TV channed, the journalists were killed while returning to Baquba from a reporting trip on the attack on a mosque in Muqdadiya town, 69 miles north-east Baghdad with, with the head of security command responsible for the province, Staff Lieutenant General Mizher al-Azzawi. ...

Libya

21 July 2016

According to media reports, the 28-year-old correspondent for Arraed television was killed whilst filming forces allied with the government as they circled Islamic state bases on the outskirts of the coastal city Sirte. He was shot in the head and died instantly.

Mexico

25 April 2016

The correspondent of El Sol de Acapulco and columnist of El Foro de Taxco newspapers was shot dead outside his home in Taxco, a twon of Guerrero state, one of the most dangerous areas in Mexico. While he had not reported any threats in recent days, it is believed that Beltrán was investigating corruption and insecurity in his city.

20 June 2016

According to the Federation of Journalists in Latin America and Caribbean (FEPALC), the female reporter for El Mercurio and La Verdad newspapers in the Mexican city of Victoria, Tamaulipas state was gunned down in the morning as she was driving to work. She became the second Mexican journalist killed in as many days following the murder of journalist Elido Ramos Zárate on 19 June. Fepalc added that 15 journalists have been killed and 17 others disappeared in the state of Tamaulipas since 2010.

09 February 2016

The reporter El Sol de Orizaba y El Buen Tono , who was held captive in her home by armed men on 8 February, was found dead the following day with her hands tied and her body showing signs of torture. According to the Spanish News Agency EFE, staff at the El Bueno Tono had reported death threats from the crime cartel called Los Zetas because of the investigations report in the newspaper.

19 June 2016

The reporter for El Sur newspaper was murdered in the state of Oaxaca while covering teachers' protests against the education reform in the state, according to the Federation of Journalists in Latin America and Caribbean (FEPALC). The journalist had reportedly received threats, warning him against reporting on violent incidents during days of mobilisation in Oaxaca state, Fepalc added, quoting the El Sur 's Managing Editor.

20 July 2016

The journalist for El Piñero de la Cuenca newspaper and Al Calor Político website was gunned down on the doorstep of his home at night as he was with his family. Since January 2016, Rosas who was known for his reporting violence in the locality of Tierra Blanca in his native State of Veracruz, had received numerous threats from drug lords and was granted police protection.

14 May 2016

Reports said that the journalist was killed by a single gunshot to the head in Poza Rica, located in the state of Veracruz. Torres was the editor and founder of the web site Noticias MT and had previously contributed to Azteca Veracruz TV, the local newspaper Noreste as well as to another news website Radiover de Xalapa.

21 January 2016

The journalist, who worked for broadcast newslets and Noticias Voz in Oaxaca, was found dead near his car with a gunshot wound in the town of San Andrés Huaxpaltepec. Bautisa reported closely on the precarious situations of community and indigenous radio stations in the region. In particular, he had covered the closing down of a cultural radio for indigenous community, XEJAM by the National Commission for the development of indigenous people. Furthermore, the journalist had spoken of fear in his newsroom as a result of their reporting on local and national politics.

Pakistan

07 May 2016

The 40-year-old editor of the website Let Us Build Pakistan was gunned down in a restaurant in Karachi by four unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles. Zaki's friend, who he was having dinner with and an innocent bystander were also injured in the attack. The website Let Us Build Pakistan promotes “a progressive, inclusive and democratic Pakistan.” Previously, Zaki had worked as current affairs editor for News One TV and was responsible for infotainment and religious programming.

19 January 2016

The 33-year-old Aaj TV journalist was killed in a suicide bomb attack on the outskirts of Peshawar at the Jamrud Check Point, in Khyber area. The blast also killed at least a dozen others at the scene .

16 January 2016

Unidentified gunmen shot the correspondent of a local newspaper near Niazi Chowk, Dera Ismail Khan, a town in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Umar sustained critical injuries and died on arrival at the District Headquarters Hospital.

23 August 2016

The two cameramen, Shehzad Ahmed and Mehmood Khan , were among at least 70 people killed in a bomb blast at a civil hospital in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province of Pakistan. The blast went off at the gate of the hospital during the mourning of Bilal Anwar Kasi, the President of the Baluchistan Bar Association, who had been shot dead earlier in the day. 30-year-old Shahzad Ahmed, a cameraman with Aaj TV and 26-year-old year old Dawn News cameraman Mehmood Khan were at the hospital to cover the event. Another reporter for Dunya News, Fareed Ullah, was seriously injured.

Philippines

27 May 2016

The 56-year-old reporter for the People’s Brigada and officer of the Manilla Police District Press Corp, was shot dead outside a watch repair shop owned by his family in Manilla. According to reports , the gunmen walked towards Balcoba and shot him in the head before fleeing on a waiting motorcycle. Balcoba was rushed to a local hospital, but was declared dead on arrival. Balcoba was a veteran journalist, who had covered the local crime and police beat since the 1990s. According to IFJ figures, he is the second journalist to be killed this year, and the 42 nd journalist killed under the out-going President Benigno Aquino’s six-year presidency. The NUJP said Aquino’s presidency has been the deadliest period for journalists in the Philippines’ history.

16 February 2016

The 49-year-old reporter for radio station dxWO Power99 FM was killed when he was shot twice in the chest at his home in Zamboanga del Sur as he was preparing dinner for the evening. He was rushed to hospital but died on arrival. Police are yet to establish a motive for the killing. According to Ordaniza’s colleagues, he had been reporting about the problem of illegal drugs and illegal gambling in the town of Pitogo where he worked.

Somalia

05 June 2016

The female journalist who worked for the state broadcaster, Radio Mogadishu was shot dead in the Somali capital Mogadishu, the French news agency AFP reported quoting the victim's colleagues. The AFP quoted colleagues of Sagal Salad Osman, a presenter and producer Radio Mogadishu, as saying that she was gunned down near a university in Hodon district by unidentified gunmen who then fled afterwards.

Syria

24 June 2016

The 25-year-old photojournalist died in a hospital in Turkey of wounds he sustained in a bomb attack on a home in Aleppo he was sharing with another journalist Hadi Al-Abdullah when a explosive device was set off targeting them on 17 June. Abdullah was also injured but is in a stable condition in a hospital in Antakya, Turkey. Media reports some activists as blaming Al-Qaeda’s affiliate Nusra Front for the targeted killing. According to them, the Nusra Front killed Abdullah for his increased criticism of the group. Both reporters documented crimes against Syrian civilians by the different warring parties in the country. Issa had sustained previous injuries reporting from dangerous conflict zones during the past five years working as a photojournalist.

19 February 2016

The 21-year-old freelance photojournalist was killed while covering fighting in Damascus suburb of Daraya, according to media reports quoting the Anadolu Agency , one of the news outlets he contributed to. A colleague working from Anadolu Agency said that Diraniwas killed photographing the shelling and aerial bombardments of Daraya, which has been under siege by the Syrian army since 2012. He worked as a freelance journalist for Anadolu Agency since December, the media house said, and was also a contributor to a local media group dedicated to reporting news from the district called Darayya Media Center.

18 July 2016

The Kurdish TV repoorter for Ronahi TV was fatally injured in a landmine explosion on 13 July in the Syrian locality of Manjib where he was covering fighting between the so-called Islamic State and the coalition. He was taken to hospital in Kobané for treatment but died of his wounds on 18 July 2016.

12 April 2016

Reports say that 36-year-old Mohammed Zaher al-Shurqat, a Syrian journalist who was shot and wounded in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on Sunday by a masked gunman, died on 12 April from his wounds. The shooting incident was filmed by security cameras which show the attacker approaching Al-Shurqat from behind before firing at him and escaping, Turkish News Agency Anadolu said. The journalists, who had reportedly received several threats from the so-called Islamic State, was hit in the head and critically injured. He died two days later in the hospital. The militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, accusing the journalist of hosting programmes opposing the IS. ...

11 July 2016

The freelance journalist, who contributed to the Al-Jazeera Mubasher live channel, was killed in air strikes on the town of Termanin in northern Idlib, according to Al-Jazeeera statement quoted by the French news agency AFP. The Doha-based cable news channel added that the air strikes which killed their contributor were launched by Russian forces, supporting Syrian President Bashar. Source: AFP

Turkey

16 July 2016

The photojournalist with the Turkish daily newspaper Yeni Şafak was killed during the failed coup in Turkey. According to his newspaper, he died of a gunshot to the head when soldiers opened fire on the crowds in the Çengelköy neighborhood of Istanbul in the early hours of Saturday 16 July 2016.

24 February 2016

The body of the editor and reporter from Azadiya Welat Newspaper was among bodies recovered from the scene of a massacre in the Turkish southeastern town of Cizre. Rohat Aktaş went missing in the city where he had been injured on the arm while covering relief effort to help victims of clashes between Kurdist separatists and Turkish forces. He was identified from DNA samples provided by his family.

Ukraine

20 July 2016

The 44-year-old journalist who worked for Ukrainska Pravda, an independent news site, was killed in car explosion in central Kiev. Media reports quoted Ukrainian officials as saying that the explosion was set off remotely. Sheremet, a Russian national but originally from Belarus, worked for several years at Ukrainska Pravda , whose founder Georgiy Gongadze was also killed in 2000. The newspaper's editor told the French news agency AFP that he thought Sheremet was killed for his "professional activity." He had also worked for Russia's state Obshestvennoye Televideniye, or Public Television, a channel set up in 2013, but resigned in 2014 in protest at Russia's stance towards Ukraine, AFP added. Source: AFP

Venezuela

20 January 2016

The Director of Venezuela TV and a member of the journalists’ organisation in Venezuela the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Prensa (SNTP) was killed outside his home by people who have not been identified.

Yemen

17 January 2016

The Yemeni freelance journalist was killed in a raid by the Saudi-led coalition on the capital city, Sanaa, under Houthis rebels’ control. Mojalli was hit by shrapnel as a missile slammed into the capital's southern Jaref suburb while he was covering air strikes, according to AFP quoting the victim’s colleague, photojournalist Bahir Hameed. "Planes were hovering above when we were struck," Hameed said. According to his Twitter account, Mojalli reported for Voice Of America and the IRIN humanitarian news agency. IRIN said it was "shocked by this terrible loss". Source: AFP

21 March 2016

The freelance cameraman who contributed to several media outlets in Yemen was killed by a sniper in Taiz, the country’s second most populated city, according to the IFJ affiliated Yemeni Journalists' Syndicate (YJS). Three other cameramen, Naef Wafi, Haikal al-Uraiki and Abdulqawi al-Azzani, were also wounded in the incident, the YJS added.

16 February 2016

The cameraman for Yemen's Shabab in Taiz was killed by a sniper while covering events in Alhasb city, according to the Yemeni Journalists' Syndicate (YJS), an IFJ affiliate. The YJS blamed the al Houthi group for the killing, saying the shooting was part of a long series of attacks by the rebels on the press and journalists in Yemen.

29 May 2016

According to the Yemeni Journalists' Syndicate (YJS), an IFJ affiliate, t he correspondent of Mareb Press in Shabwa was killed while covering fighting in Bayhan area.