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April 12, 2011

Critical Brazilian TV journalist shot dead

Brazilian journalist Luciano Leitão Pedrosa , known for his critical coverage of local authorities and criminal groups, was shot Saturday night at a restaurant in Vitória de Santo Antão in northeastern Pernambuco state, according to press reports. At about 9 p.m., a man entered a restaurant where Pedrosa had gone to buy food and shot him in the head, the Brazilian press reported. According to the Recife-based daily Diario de Pernambuco , four shots were fired at Pedrosa, but only one bullet... MORE
April 10, 2011

TV station director gunned down in Iraq

Taha Al-Alawi , the head of satellite television station Al-Masar TV, was killed in the Werij district of southern Baghdad on Friday. Gunmen shot at the car in which he was travelling. Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) urged Iraqi authorities to carry out a proper investigation into this killing in order to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Impunity for murderers of journalists must stop. Al-Alawi is the fifth journalist to have been killed in Iraq... MORE
April 5, 2011

Journalist gunned down in Karachi; 14 journalists murdered in 13 months

Zaman Ali , a reporter who covered organised crime for the Urdu-language newspaper Extra News , was brutally murdered on April 2 in the Karachi suburb of Lyari, one of the most dangerous areas of the city. “The number of journalists killed in Pakistan in the past 13 months now totals 14,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. “We are appalled by this permanent state of violence, which is paralysing the media in Pakistan. Not one of these crimes has been solved... MORE
March 31, 2011

Iraq: Two journalists among scores killed in insurgent operation in Tikrit

Two Iraqi journalists, Sabah al-Bazi and Muammar Khadir Abdelwahad , were among the fatal victims of Tuesday’s devastating insurgent attack on the Salahadin provincial council’s headquarter in the city of Tikrit (160 km north of Baghdad). Agence France-Presse quoted a police spokesman as putting the toll from the attack at least 65 dead and 100 wounded. Saad Khaled , a cameraman working for the satellite TV station Al-Fayhaa, was among the seriously injured. The insurgent operation began in the... MORE
March 29, 2011

Double murder in Nuevo León, threats close newspaper in Guerrero

Organised crime seems to have been responsible for the murders of two journalists on March 25 in Monterrey, in Mexico's northern state of Nuevo León – José Luis Cerda Meléndez , 33, a programme host on the national TV channel Televisa, and Luis Emanuel Ruíz Carrillo , 20, a reporter for La Prensa , a daily based in the neighbouring state of Coahuila, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. Ruíz had travelled to Monterrey the previous day to interview Cerda... MORE
March 25, 2011

On notorious anniversary, Philippine journalist shot

Manila police must thoroughly investigate the murder of radio anchor Maria Len Fores Somera , who was shot Thursday near her home in Malabon City, a suburb of Manila. An unidentified man shot Somera, a DZME station host, in the back of the head before fleeing in a Jeep, according to the Associated Press. Some local news reports said there were two assailants. Somera, a 44-year-old mother of three, died en route to a local hospital, news reports said. Accounts of possible motives differed... MORE
March 21, 2011

In Libya, 4 journalists detained, 3 missing, one killed

Al-Jazeera said Sunday that Libyan authorities have been holding four of its journalists in Tripoli for several days, while Agence-France Presse reported that two of its journalists and a third journalist are missing in eastern Libya. On Saturday, the founder and manager of a Libyan online broadcaster was killed by gunfire while reporting from a battle outside Benghazi. New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the ongoing attacks on the press in Libya, and... MORE
March 19, 2011

In Yemen, a journalist fatally shot, another injured

One journalist was fatally shot and another wounded in Sana'a Friday when Yemeni security forces used live ammunition to disperse demonstrators from a central protest area, killing dozens of people. The death of photographer Jamal al-Sharaabi is the first confirmed media fatality in Yemen since political unrest began in January, New York-based pressfreedom group Committee to Protect Journalists said. Al-Sharaabi, a photojournalist for the independent weekly Al-Masdar , was among 44 individuals... MORE
March 13, 2011

In Libya, Al-Jazeera journalist killed and another wounded

Unidentified gunmen killed Al-Jazeera cameraman Ali Hassan al-Jaber and wounded his colleague near the eastern rebel-held city of Benghazi in an ambush on Saturday, according to the Qatar-based satellite station. This is the first confirmed death reported in the Libyan conflict, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said. The Al-Jazeera crew was returning from covering an opposition demonstration in Suluq, 50km southwest of Benghazi, when unidentified gunmen... MORE
March 3, 2011

Printer violently killed by suspected pro-Ouattara militants

Marcel Legré , a machine operator at La Refondation Printing Press, printers of Notre Voie , a pro-Gbagbo newspaper, was in the afternoon of February 28 violently killed by alleged pro-Ouattara militants during an armed confrontation in the town of Koumassi, in the centre of the country. The Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) correspondent reported that machete-wielding militants from the Rally of Houphouétistes for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) stormed Legré's home after he returned from a... MORE