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June 21, 2011

Pakistan: Young reporter dies from bomb injuries

Shafiullah Khan , a young journalist who was badly wounded in a double bombing on June 11 in Peshawar, died June 21 morning from his injuries in a military hospital in Wah, a garrison town northwest of Islamabad, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. The double bombing at Khyber Market, in a military area of Peshawar, left a toll of at least 40 dead and 100 wounded. Another journalist, Abid Naveed , was among those killed outright by the blast while eight... MORE
June 21, 2011

Mexico: Veracruz journalist shot dead in home with wife and son

Miguel Ángel López Velasco , an editor and columnist with the local online daily Notiver, was shot dead along with his wife and his son in their home in the east coast city of Veracruz early June 20, just seven days after a reporter was found murdered in the northwestern state of Sonora, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. “The violence against journalists in Mexico never ends,” RSF said. “We call on the authorities to ensure that López’s work as a journalist... MORE
June 16, 2011

Sierra Leone journalist murdered; suspects in custody

Police in Sierra Leone have arrested three suspects, including a police officer, for the killing of a reporter this Sunday during violent clashes over a land dispute on the outskirts of the capital, Freetown, according to local journalists. Ibrahim Foday , 38, a reporter at the private daily newspaper The Exclusive , was beaten and stabbed by assailants during an outbreak of violence between neighboring villages Kossoh and Grafton, 25 km southeast of the capital, Freetown, according to Sierra... MORE
June 16, 2011

Corrective: Journalist reported killed in Peshawar is alive

Pakistani journalist Shafiullah Khan is in critical condition after suffering extensive burns in a double bombing in Peshawar on Saturday. Many groups erroneously reported on Monday that Khan had died in the attack. Yousaf Ali, general secretary of the Khyber Union of Journalists, said Khan suffered burns over 70 per cent of his body and was being treated at a burn center near Rawalpindi. Thirty-six people died in the suicide attack, among them Asfandyar Khan, a journalist who worked for... MORE
June 15, 2011

Iranian authorities “responsible for journalist’s death”

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has deplored the death in prison of journalist and writer Hoda Saber and accused the Iranian regime of being responsible. He was taken to hospital with chest pains on June 10 and died of a heart attack a few hours later. The Evin prison authorities did not inform his family, who learned about his death two days later on the Internet. “We send our deepest condolences to his family and to all Iranian journalists,” said RSF secretary-... MORE
June 14, 2011

Mexico: Another journalist’s body found

Reporter Pablo Ruelas Barraza was found shot to death in Huatabampo (Sonora state, northwest Mexico) on June 13, apparently executed by two gunmen who tried first to abduct him. Ruelas, 38, worked for regional dailies Diario del Yaqui in Huatabampo and El Regional de Sonora in Hermosillo. The past month has been grim for the country’s journalists. Local media said Ruelas Barraza, a general reporter, had received death threats. Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF)... MORE
June 13, 2011

Second Philippines journalist killed from same radio station

Romeo Olea , a provincial radio commentator in the Philippines, was shot dead on his way to work Monday morning. Local and international media reports, quoting police sources, say Olea was shot twice in the back while riding his motorcycle to work in Iriga City in Camarines Sur province, about 300 km from Manila, according to New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Senior police Superintendent Victor Deona told Agence France Press "there is a very big... MORE
June 3, 2011

Mexico: Police find body of Veracruz state reporter missing since March

The body of Noel López Olguín , a local journalist based in the eastern state of Veracruz who had been missing since March 8, was found near Jáltipan, on June 1, four days after Alejandro Castro Chirinos, also known as “El Dragón,” was captured in the nearby city of Coatzacoalcos and confessed to participating in his murder. Police said Castro, who was caught in possession of López’s camera, told them where his body was buried, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans... MORE
May 20, 2011

Guatemala: News presenter killed after reported threats, reporter held

Local TV presenter Yensi Roberto Ordoñez Galdámez was found murdered May 19 in Nueva Concepción, in the southern department of Escuintla, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The motive is not yet known but he had reportedly been threatened and harassed in connection with his work as journalist. Relatives said unidentified individuals recently extorted 25,000 quetzals (200 euros) from him. Aged 24, Ordoñez presented a news programme on municipal TV... MORE
May 19, 2011

Venezuela: Contract-style killing of newspaper columnist in Aragua state

Local newspaper columnist and politician Wilfred Ojeda Peralta was found murdered in La Victoria, in the northern state of Aragua, on May 17 after disappearing the day before. Local press reports quoted relatives as saying they were not aware of his having any enemies. So far there are no clues as to the motive but the method suggests that it was a contract killing carried out at the behest of organised crime. His body was found with a hood over the head and with the hands and feet tied. He had... MORE