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August 1, 2011

Libya: NATO attacks on national TV headquarters and installations in Tripoli

NATO carried out airstrikes on the Tripoli headquarters of the state-owned national TV broadcaster Al-Jamahiriya and two of its installations on July 30. According to Al-Jamahiriya, three of its journalists were killed and 21 others were wounded in the airstrikes but this could not be immediately verified. The impossibility of immediate verification is yet another reminder of the difficulty of establishing what is happening in a war when there are no journalists on the ground or their ability... MORE
July 28, 2011

Afghan reporter killed in coordinated Taliban attacks on southern town

Ahamad Omid Khpalwak, a reporter for the BBC and the Afghan news agency Pajhwok, was killed July 28 during Taliban attacks on several buildings in Tarin Kot, the capital of the southern province of Oruzgan. Khpalwak was in one of the targeted buildings, the provincial headquarters of the national radio and TV station. “We offer our condolences to Khpalwak’s family and friends,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. “A talented young journalist, he had the courage... MORE
July 27, 2011

Mexico: Woman journalist’s murder turns Veracruz into deadliest state for media this year

The discovery of the body of Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz, a crime reporter and columnist for the regional daily Notiver on July 26 in the east-coast port city of Veracruz, adds her name to the long list of journalists who have been murdered or have disappeared in Mexico. A total of 77 have been killed since 2000 and 23 have gone missing since 2003. According to a Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) tally, seven Mexican journalists have been murdered since the start of... MORE
July 26, 2011

Journalist gunned down in Brazil

Auro Ida, a renowned political journalist in the west-central state of Mato Grosso and editor of the Midianews website, was gunned down in Cuiabá, the state capital, on July 22, becoming the fourth journalist to be murdered in Brazil since the start of the year. Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) offered its condolences to his family and colleagues, and called on the police and judicial authorities, who are working on the theory of a crime of passion, not to rule... MORE
July 16, 2011

Honduras: Young radio station manager gunned down on eve of community radio station meeting

Nery Jeremías Orellana, 26, the manager of Radio Joconguera in the town of Candelaria, in the western department of Lempira, was gunned down July 14 morning, bringing the number of Honduran journalists killed since the start of the year to three. A total of 12 journalists have been killed in the past 18 months in Honduras without any of their murders being solved, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “Orellana headed a commercial radio station that works... MORE
July 14, 2011

Mexico: Another journalist is killed, third this month

Angel Castillo Corona, a journalist based in Ocuilan, in the central state of Mexico, was beaten to death on the highway from Ocuilan to nearby Tiaguistenco on July 3. His unidentified assailants also killed his 16-year-old son, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. The press freedom organisation urged the authorities to react to the seemingly endless violence against the media by conducting a thorough debate on how to protect journalists and effectively... MORE
July 8, 2011

La Ceiba TV reporter is second journalist murdered in Honduras in 2 months

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned local TV reporter Adan Benítez’s murder in the northern port city of La Ceiba (the capital of Atlántida department) on July 4. Employed by two local stations, 45TV and Teleceiba Canal 7, he was the second journalist to be murdered in Honduras in the past two months. “Investigators should not rule out the possibility that Adan Benítez was killed in connection with his work,” RSF said. “The Honduran authorities must do... MORE
July 6, 2011

Colombia: One journalist murdered, two others threatened after covering sensitive stories

Colombian journalist Luis Eduardo Gómez in Arboletes, was murdered last week in the northwestern department of Antioquia. Threats have also been issued against two journalists, Medellín-based Mary Luz Avendaño and Bogotá-based Gonzalo Guillén, in unrelated cases, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. It urged the authorities to implement strong protective measures that guarantee the safety of journalists. Gómez, 70, who worked for two newspapers, El... MORE
June 22, 2011

Iraq: Cameraman killed by car bomb in southern city

Afaq TV cameraman Salem Alwan Al-Gharabi killed in a double suicide bombing in the southern city of Diwaniya June 21. His death brought the number of media personnel killed in Iraq since the start of the year to six, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). According to a preliminary report by the Iraqi security services, 20 people were killed and 30 were wounded by two car bombs that were detonated outside a government compound in Diwaniya (275 km south of... MORE
June 22, 2011

DRC: Community radio journalist gunned down in eastern town

Kambale Musonia , a journalist working for Radio Communautaire de Lubero Sud in Kirumba, was murdered June 21 in the eastern province of Nord-Kivu. Aged 29, Musonia was shot three times in the chest at close range at around 7:30 p.m. by three unidentified men who were waiting for him outside his home as he returned from work, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) reported. RSF supported the request by Journalist in Danger, its partner organization in the Democratic... MORE