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July 26, 2010

Mexico: Police officers abduct, attempt to kill journalist in Veracruz

Officers from the Oluta municipal police force, in the state of Veracruz, recently abducted and attempted to kill Edgar Irán López Hernández, a reporter for the Órale newspaper. The incident took place on July 17 after López Hernández witnessed police officers and the municipality's mayor harassing another reporter, according to the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics (CJPE). At approximately 9:00 p.m. on the evening of July 17, López Hernández and fellow reporter Juan José Barragán, of the... MORE
July 12, 2010

Nigeria: Gunmen abduct 3 prominent journalists

Gunmen abducted three prominent Nigerian journalists and a driver traveling through the country's oil-rich, but volatile southern delta, a colleague said Monday, the latest troubling sign of insecurity in the West African nation, according to Associated Press (AP). The reporters had just left a conference in Akwa Ibom state Sunday afternoon and were forced to stop their bus by a speeding car filled with gunmen, said Mohammed Garba, president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. The gunmen got... MORE
July 2, 2010

Concern over missing Nepal radio reporter

A radio reporter in Nepal, Keshav Bohara, was abducted on Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. The Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) told CPJ in an email message that a group claiming to have abducted Bohara contacted the secretary of the FNJ chapter in Pyuthan, Deepak Bhandari, by phone at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. FNJ quoted Bhandari as saying: “In the background I heard Keshav shouting, ‘Deep, save me. They are planning to kill me.’” FNJ said the phone was turned... MORE
May 3, 2010

In Pakistan, abducted journalist’s fellow hostage executed

A militant group has executed a former Pakistani intelligence official who was abducted along with documentary filmmaker Asad Qureshi, according to Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Khalid Khawaja, a retired Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) official, was found dead of multiple bullet wounds in North Waziristan on Friday, according to local and international news reports. Khawaja and another ex-intelligence official were accompanying Qureshi as guides when the three went missing on March... MORE
April 22, 2010

Newspaper editor seized in Iraq; whereabouts unknown

Saad al-Aossi, editor-in-chief of the critical Iraqi weekly Al-Shahid , has gone missing, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Armed men entered al-Aossi’s home in central Baghdad on the morning of April 14, seized his computer and took him to an unknown location, according to local and regional news reports. The identity of the armed men remains unclear; various news sources have described them as being a “mixed force“ consisting of police and military elements, belonging... MORE
April 2, 2010

Japanese journalist reportedly abducted in Afghanistan

Freelance Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka had apparently been abducted in northern Afghanistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said quoting a Japanese official. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano told journalists he was aware of Japanese media reports about the abduction, according to Tokyo-based agency Kyodo News and international news reports, but declined to comment further. “Generally speaking this kind of abduction involves personal information,” he said, according... MORE
March 2, 2010

Two sports journalists abducted in Nigeria

Two sports journalists, one South African and one Nigerian, were seized by unidentified gunmen in military uniforms in Nigeria on Monday, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The gunmen stopped a bus carrying 21 crew members of M-Net’s SuperSport channel, a South African private satellite television station, and took the three journalists hostage, local journalists told New York-based CPJ. Another Nigerian journalist was able to escape. The journalists were abducted near the... MORE
February 18, 2010

Iraqi radio journalist abducted by unknown gunmen

Iraqi reporter Hussam Daoud al-Eqabi, who was seized by unidentified armed men on Wednesday, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Al-Eqbi is a political reporter for Al-Ahed, a radio station in Kirkuk affiliated with radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr. According to Abed Abu Zahra, head of Al-Ahed, four unidentified gunmen abducted Hussam Dawood al-Eqabi, 22, in front of his home in the Naser neighborhood in central Kirkuk. “We are alarmed by the abduction of Hussam Daoud... MORE
January 13, 2010

Pakistan: Reporter probably held by army after being kidnapped by Taliban

Pakistani authorities have been urged to explain what has happened to Mohammad Rasheed, a freelance reporter who is probably being held by the army. It is believed he was arrested after being held for several days by a Taliban group in North Waziristan. “I don’t know where he is; his entire family is very worried,” his wife told Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “The authorities must quickly say what they know about the possible detention of this journalist, whose only apparent ’crime’ is to... MORE
January 8, 2010

Mexico: Two more journalists abducted, one of them found murdered

Just a week after radio Línea Directa crime reporter José Luis Romero was abducted in the northern state of Sinaloa, two other journalists were abducted Thursday in Coahuila, another northern state, and one of them, Valentín Valdés Espinosa, was found dead Friday. According to his newspaper, the Zócalo de Saltillo daily, Valdés was found with a warning message pinned to his chest, a practice often used by drug traffickers. His colleague, whose name was withheld by the newspaper, was released a... MORE