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July 4, 2008

Two journalists and their fixer abducted by Taliban in Pakistan's Tribal Areas

Two freelance journalists - reporter Pir Zubair Shah and photographer Akhtar Soomoro - were abducted thursday by a Taliban group in the Mohmand region of the Tribal Areas while doing a story on marble production, which the authorities plan to develop. "The abudction of these two respected journalists is incomprehensible and we hope the Taliban leaders will quickly heed the calls for their release," Paris-based Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. "Shah and Soomoro were not in any way involved... MORE
June 11, 2008

Islamic militants linked to Al-Qaeda abduct Philippine TV reporter and her crew

One of the Philippines' top TV reporters and her two assistants have been abducted, the ABS-CBN network said on Wednesday, after the team went missing on an island that is a hotbed of Islamic radicals linked to Al-Qaeda. The country's largest television network said that Ces Drilon, cameraman Jimmy Encarnacion, and assistant cameraman Angelo Valderama had been abducted for ransom on Jolo island. The crew has been missing since Sunday. No ransom demand has been made public, but unconfirmed... MORE
June 5, 2008

Abduction, torture of journalists and driver in Rio send alarm bells ringing

The abduction and torture of two Brazilian journalists investigating paramilitaries in Rio de Janerio's sprawling slums have brought to the fore the increasing threats to lives of journalists in the city's favelas (shanties). A reporter, a photographer and their driver working undercover for the paper in Batan, a shantytown located in the western outskirts of the city, were abducted from a local bar by several armed men in ski masks on the night of May 14, according to the New York-based... MORE
March 12, 2008

Editor of DRC newspaper abducted following articles about president's health

The editor of privately-owned twice-weekly newspaper L'interprète was abducted by unidentified armed men near a bus stop in the Kinshasa neighbourhood of Masina on March 7, according to delayed reports received by Journaliste en danger (JED). Editor Nsimba Embete Ponte is being held in a secret location and the official motives for his arrest remain unknown. According to information obtained by JED through his family, the journalist had received threats following the publication of a series of... MORE
October 31, 2007

Maoists no longer deny role in journalist’s abduction

Reporters Without Borders calls on the government to redouble its efforts to obtain the release of Birendra Shah, a journalist who was kidnapped in the Bara region on 5 October. “The authorities and the leaders of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) must do everything possible to ensure that Birendra Shah is rescued,” the organisation said. “The absence of any news about Shah is very worrying.” During a meeting yesterday with Shah’s family and the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ... MORE
October 25, 2007

Journalist feared kidnapped following death threats in Balochistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is gravely concerned for the safety of Pakistani journalist Riaz Mengal who has been missing for 21 days. Before his disappearance, Mengal, who is based in Balochistan, had written articles for the newspaper Intikhab about trafficking of stolen cars. Local reports stated that Mengal received death threats because of his investigation for these articles. IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said the risks facing working journalists in... MORE
August 8, 2007

Iraq: AP photographer kidnapped, reporter of state-run daily goes missing

An Iraqi photographer working for the Associated Press (AP) was kidnapped in Diyala province on Tuesday, while another journalist working for state-run al-Sabah newspaper has been reported missing, acording to reports. An armed group intercepted the car of AP photographer Talal Ahmed Abdullah in central Baquba, 60 kilometres north of Baghdad, and took him to an unknown location, the independent Voices of Iraq (VOI) news agency reported, citing an official Iraqi police source. US soldiers on... MORE
March 15, 2007

Abducted Italian reporter appeals for freedom on video

Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo abducted by the Taliban in Afghanistan last week has appeared in a video shown on television Wednesday appealing to Premier Romano Prodi to work for his release. TV grab from Euronews shows an image from video footage, received by non govenmental organisation Emergency, of Italian reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo who was abducted 10 days ago by a Taliban militants in Afghanistan. Mastrogiacomo indicated that he was well, stated his name, the date of March... MORE
March 13, 2007

Gunmen abduct BBC correspondent in Gaza

Masked Palestinian gunmen abducted a BBC correspondent from his car in Gaza City on Monday. As he was being taken away, the journalist threw a business card on the street that identified him as Alan Johnston of BBC, Palestinian security officials said. Alan Johnston was born in Tanzania and educated in Scotland. He joined BBC World Service in 1991 and has spent eight of the last 16 years as a correspondent, including periods in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. He became Gaza correspondent in April... MORE
April 18, 2006

Six Manipur editors held hostages for night, forced to publish statement

Imphal, April 17: The journalists community of Manipur today came out strongly against the KCP (City Meetei) for luring five Editors of different newspaper establishments and the News Editor of ISTV to a designated destination and holding them hostage for a night to get its press release published. The Editors were released today morning. Strongly reacting to the incident a joint meeting of all Editors, reporters and sub-editors was held at the premises of the Manipur Press Club wherein seven... MORE