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Journalists & media staff killed list in 2016

Afghanistan

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.

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

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.

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’.

Iraq

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. ...

Mexico

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.

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.

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.

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.

Philippines

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.

Syria

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. ...

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.

Turkey

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.

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

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.

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.