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May 12, 2011

Honduras: Local TV journalist gunned down in north

Héctor Francisco Medina Polanco , 35, the host of a news programme on provincial TV station Omega Visión, died in a hospital in the northern city of San Pedro Sula on May 11 from the gunshot injuries he had received the day before, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. Medina was shot twice in the chest and once in the arm by two men on a motorcycle who followed him to his home in Morazán, a town outside the nearby city of El Progreso. He was almost... MORE
May 10, 2011

Russia: Young journalist gunned down in northern Dagestan

Yakhya Magomedov , the young editor of the Avar-language version of a bi-monthly magazine that promotes a moderate vision of traditional Islam, was gunned down in northern Dagestan on May 8, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “We offer our condolences to Magomedov’s relatives and colleagues and we urge the authorities not to leave his death unpunished,” RSF said. “This case must be solved and the murderers must be brought to justice. Conditions are... MORE
May 5, 2011

Brazil: Another journalist gunned down in less than a month

Valério Nascimento , a journalist involved in local politics, was gunned down Tuesday at the entrance to his home in Rio Claro, in the state of Rio de Janeiro. As a journalist, he had covered an alleged corruption case just a few days before the shooting, but the motive is not yet known. “Nascimento’s murder, which took place on World Press Freedom Day, is a reminder that Brazil is still a dangerous country for journalists despite recent legislative progress and efforts to combat impunity,”... MORE
May 4, 2011

Peru: Journalist at odds with local authorities gunned down in northern city

Radio journalist Julio Castillo Narváez’s murder in Virú (in the northwestern department of La Libertad) on May 3 has cast a further shadow over a day that is meant to be a celebration for journalists and media all over the world, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has said. Unidentified gunmen shot him six times while he was having lunch in a restaurant. His death was very probably linked to his work as the producer of a news programme on Radio Ollantay. He had... MORE
May 3, 2011

Iran: 80-yr-old journalist, under house arrest for 10 years, commits suicide

Journalist Siamak Pourzand , 80, a major cultural figure in Iran, has committed suicide. Detained and under house arrest for ten years, banned from leaving the country and separated from his family, Pourzand killed himself on April 29 in Tehran. "We hold the Iranian authorities responsible for this gesture of despair. Despite several appeals to the authorities by his family and various human rights organizations including Reporters Without Borders (RSF), not once did either President Mohammad... MORE
April 26, 2011

TV cameraman gunned down in bus near San Salvador

Alfredo Hurtado , 45, a cameraman employed by the privately-owned TV station Canal 33, was gunned down in bus in the town of Ilopango, near the capital, Monday evening as he was on his way to work. The motive is not yet known. Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) expressed its support for Hurtado’s family and colleagues and the entire Salvadoran media, now in mourning. The police have launched an investigation in the area of the shooting in Ilopango, where two gangs,... MORE
April 22, 2011

Bolivia: Journalist found dead on La Paz street, killed by explosive device

The body David Niño de Guzmán , a journalist who had been missing since April 19, was found april 22 in La Paz. An explosive charge was apparently used to kill him. Residents in the area where the body was found heard an explosion in the early hours of the morning after he disappeared, the police chief said, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Niño was the head of Agencia de Noticias Fides (ANF), Bolivia’s oldest and most important news agency. Aged 42... MORE
April 21, 2011

IFJ mourns death of two photojournalists in Libya

The International Federation of Journalists has mourned the tragic death of photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros , killed by a mortar attack in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata, on Wednesday April 20. Two other photojournalists, Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown , were both seriously injured in by the same mortar fire along Tripoli Street at the heart of the fight between pro-Gaddafi forces and the rebels for control of Misrata. "The death of Hetherington and Hondros... MORE
April 15, 2011

Al-Wasat founder dies in custody in Bahrain

The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bahraini authorities today to conduct an immediate and transparent investigation into the death in state custody of Karim Fakhrawi , founder and board member of Al-Wasat , the country's premier independent daily. Fakhrawi died Tuesday, a week after he was apparently taken into custody, according to news reports. Human rights defenders told CPJ that Fakhrawi had gone to a police station on April 5 to complain that authorities were about to bulldoze... MORE
April 13, 2011

Bahraini blogger dies in custody; journalists under attack

The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bahraini authorities to launch an immediate and thorough investigation into the death of a blogger while in state custody. Bahraini authorities, meanwhile, announced that they would file criminal charges against three senior editors at the Gulf kingdom's premier independent daily, continuing a months-long pattern of violence, harassment, and intimidation against journalists covering widespread civil unrest. CPJ documented other attacks on the press... MORE