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January 4, 2010

Mexico: Crime reporter abducted in Sinaloa, investigating police chief murdered

The news of the abduction of 40-year-old radio journalist José Luis Romero in the northwestern state of Sinaloa has caused shock and anger in a region notorious for being the preserve of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the country’s leading criminal and drug-trafficking syndicates. A crime reporter for the Línea Directa radio station, Romero was out shopping in the city of Los Mochis on December 30 when he was grabbed by gunmen and bundled into a pickup. Jesús Escalante, the head of the police force... MORE
December 31, 2009

French TV crew kidnapped northeast of Kabul

A TV crew working for the French TV station France 3 that was abducted in the northeastern province of Kapisa on December 29. The victims include two French journalists and at least two Afghans, according to Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “The security situation in Afghanistan, including the Kapisa region, is such that we cannot rule out any hypothesis,” Paris-based RSF said. “We will have to wait before adopting a position on the fate of the France 3 crew but the Afghan and French... MORE
December 16, 2009

Three Guardian journalists were abducted and released in Afghanistan

Three journalists, all on assignment for the Guardian , were abducted in December 2009 and released after six days, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported quoting the paper. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, an Iraqi, ad two unnamed Afghan journalists had been planning to interview militants in Afghanistan’s mountainous Kunar province near the border with Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province when they were abducted. The Guardian said it did not know if the abductors were attached to any... MORE
November 18, 2009

Two Somali journalists injured in separate shootings

Two Somali correspondents for international media outlets were injured in separate shootings, one in the northeast semi-autonomous region of Puntland, and the other in the capital, Mogadishu, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported quoting local journalists and news reports. In the Puntland city of Galkayo, northeast of Mogadishu, a police officer fired on the car of Mohamed Yasin Isak, a local correspondent of the Somali-language service of US government-funded... MORE
November 12, 2009

Journalist and translator freed in Afghanistan

A Norwegian freelance journalist and an Afghan colleague were released Thursday after nearly a week in captivity in eastern Afghanistan, according to international news reports. Paal Refsdal had called the Norwegian Embassy in Kabul on November 6 to say he and his translator had been abducted, according to international news reports. Refsdal was making a documentary for Norwegian production company Novemberfilm, the reports said. Novemberfilm confirmed Refsdal’s identity after the Norwegian... MORE
September 22, 2009

Editor abducted by Yemen forces over reports on airstrikes against civilians

A leading editor in Yemen has been abducted by security forces. The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) says that they are concerned for the safety of Editor Mohammed al Maqaleh who was allegedly abducted on September 17 in apparent retribution for reporting on the Sa'ada War. Al Maqaleh is the editor for the opposition Socialist Party's website, Al Eshteraki. On Wednesday last, al Eshteraki reported on Yemeni military air strikes targeting civilians in an incident that killed 87 people and... MORE
September 9, 2009

NYT reporter freed from Taliban captors; interpreter killed in Afghanistan

A New York Times reporter held by the Taliban in Afghanistan was freed during a dramatic airborne commando raid on Wednesday in which his Afghan colleague was killed, officials and the newspaper said. Gunmen snatched Stephen Farrell, who is Irish, and Sultan Munadi, on Saturday while they were reporting on the aftermath of a NATO air strike that killed civilians and dozens of insurgents in the northern province of Kunduz, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). The AFP report said: [ Link ]... MORE
June 4, 2009

Alarm at TV station director’s abduction near Mogadishu

The director of Somalia's Universal TV, Ibrahim Mohamed Ali, was abducted Tuesday as he was returning from Afgoye, 30 km north of Mogadishu, Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. Universal TV is a privately-owned Somali television station based in London. “This kidnapping comes just a few days after a journalist was killed while covering the fighting between government forces and Islamist militias in the centre of Mogadishu and highlights the scale of the dangers to which media workers... MORE
February 19, 2009

Reporter murdered, press club destroyed, journalist abducted in Pakistan's Swat Valley

Geo TV and the News daily correspondent Musa Khankhel was shot dead Wednesday in Pakistan's northwest Swat Valley. No group has claimed responsibility for the killing, the first violation of a truce called Monday between the government and local militant groups. Khankhel had been covering a peace march led by Muslim cleric Sufi Muhammad, the father-in-law of local Taliban leader Maulana Fazlullah, reports said. Muhammad sought to recruit his son-in-law to join a ceasefire agreement he had... MORE
January 17, 2009

Somali journalist freed, two foreign reporters still hostage

Press freedom groups have welcomed the release of a freelance Somali photojournalist and two Somali drivers on Thursday but remain concerned over the fate of two foreign freelance reporters who have been held since their abduction on August 23, 2008, by unknown gunmen. Photojournalist Abdifatah Elmi was working as a fixer and translator for Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan when they were abducted with their drivers while on their way to visit Elasha... MORE