Journalist Ruqia Hassan murdered by Isis after writing on life in Raqqa
Islamic State militants murdered a journalist who wrote about daily life in occupied Raqqa, having accused her of being a spy, activists have confirmed.
Ruqia Hassan, 30, was killed in September, but news of her death became widely known this week after Isis claimed on social media that she was still alive.
Writing under the pen name Nissan Ibrahim, Hassan’s posts described life for residents of Raqqa, Isis’s Syrian stronghold, and the frequent coalition airstrikes against the group. ...
The activist group said she had not been the only female journalist murdered in Syria by Isis, but the identity or number of others killed is not known. ...
In December, Isis killed Naji Jerf, the editor-in-chief of the independent monthly Hentah and an activist with RBSS, who had documented human rights violations committed in Raqqa by the group in his film Islamic State in Aleppo.
Journalist kidnapped in southern Mexico found dead
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A reporter who was kidnapped by armed assailants in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz this week has been found dead, Mexican authorities said Tuesday.
Anabel Flores Salazar's body was discovered on a highway in the neighboring state of Puebla and later identified by family members, Veracruz prosecutors said in a statement.
Flores Salazar, a crime-beat reporter for a local newspaper in Orizaba, Veracruz, was dragged from her home near the city before dawn Monday.
At least 15 journalists have been killed in Veracruz since Gov. Javier Duarte took office in 2010, and three more have disappeared. His administration has been criticized for suggesting many of those reporters had links to drug gangs or were victims of common crime.
Mexican journalist and media owner stabbed to death
Mexican journalist Moisés Dagdug Lutzow, media company owner and former politician, was stabbed to death in his home on Saturday (20 February).
Dagdug had previously received threats, said colleagues, who also pointed out that he had been critical on his radio show of the Tabasco state government and its governor, Arturo Nuñez Jimenez.
But police believe he was the subject of a robbery at his home in Villahermosa, Tabasco’s capital. His killers escaped in his car. It was found, along with a knife, some 15 kilometres away. Witnesses said they saw two people fleeing from the vehicle.
Dagdug, 65, was the owner of a radio station and a TV news channel in Tabasco that was part of the Grupo VX media group.
The group’s news director, Angel Antonio Jiménez, said Dagdug “wasn’t afraid to say that he’d been threatened, that he was receiving constant threats.”
Mexican journalist shot dead, the sixth in 2016
Another reporter has been killed in Veracruz, a Mexican state regarded as one of the most dangerous for journalists in a country regarded as one of the most dangerous in the world for journalists.
Manuel Santiago Torres González was shot in the head on Saturday (14 May) while walking home in the city of Poza Rica after covering an electoral campaign event in nearby Tuxpan.
Torres González, 48, was a correspondent for TV Azteca and Radiover.com, and edited his own site, NoticiasMT. He also worked as an assistant in the Veracruz state attorney’s office. He had not received any threats.
He became the sixth journalist murdered in Mexico this year and the second in Veracruz. According to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), at least six journalists have been killed in direct retribution for their work since Javier Duarte de Ochoa became governor of Veracruz in 2010.
Some eight other journalists who lived or reported in Veracruz have been killed for unclear reasons in the same time period, while three other journalists from the state have been reported missing.
The new president of the Philippines says many slain journalists deserved it
Many slain journalists in the Philippines had been corrupt and had "done something" to warrant being killed, the country's president-elect said.
"Just because you're a journalist you are not exempted from assassination if you're a son of a bitch," Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reported.
The brash, tough-talking former mayor, who will be sworn in as president on June 30, was responding to a question about how he would handle the killing of journalists.
He has previously attracted international outrage for his comments, including remarks about the rape and killing of an Australian missionary in 1989. Human Rights Watch has deemed him the "Death Squad Mayor."
The Philippines ranks as the second-deadliest country for journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. At least 75 journalists there have been killed since 1992.
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NPR Journalists David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna Killed in Afghanistan
A National Public Radio photojournalist and his translator were killed by a roadside bomb Sunday in Afghanistan, NPR said in a statement.
David Gilkey and his Afghan translator, Zabihullah Tamanna, who occasionally also worked for NBC News, died after an Afghan army unit they were traveling with was attacked in the southern part of the country, the statement said.
"David has been covering war and conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11," said Michael Oreskes, NPR's editorial director, according to the statement. "As a man and as a photojournalist, David brought out the humanity of all those around him. He let us see the world and each other through his eyes."
An NPR reporter and producer who were also traveling with the convoy were unharmed, the statement said.
Journalist shot dead by apparent hit squad in Mexico
A journalist was murdered in the troubled southern state of Guerrero, Mexican authorities said Friday, adding to a long list of reporter killings in what is considered one of the world's most dangerous countries for media professionals.
The Guerrero state prosecutor's office said in a statement that Cecilio Pineda Birto was shot dead Thursday evening in Ciudad Altamirano while in a hammock at a car wash waiting for his car to be serviced. Prosecutors said two attackers arrived on a motorcycle and one of them fired a handgun, according to eyewitness accounts.
Authorities were investigating, and there was no immediate word on whether his killing may have been related to his work.
Pineda was the founder of La Voz de Tierra Caliente, collaborated with various other media outlets and also published reports via Facebook, said Carlos Lauria, senior program coordinator for the Americas at the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists, who has been working to document the case. ...
Pineda was apparently receiving threats on a weekly basis, mostly through social media, according to Lauria. He added that Pineda escaped a previous attempt to kill him in September 2015 when a gunman shot at him at his home.
Another Journalist Slain in Mexico's Violent Veracruz State
XALAPA, MEXICO —
An attacker shot a journalist to death Sunday in the Mexican state of Veracruz, adding to the toll in a region plagued by drug gang violence and allegations of government corruption.
Journalist Ricardo Monlui was leaving a restaurant with his wife and a son in the town of Yanga, outside the larger city of Cordoba, when a man who appeared to have been waiting shot Monlui twice and fled, local police chief Carlos Samuel Hernandez said. The wife and son apparently were unhurt.
Monlui is at least the 11th journalist to be slain in just over six years in Veracruz state, but the first since former Gov. Javier Duarte quit last year and vanished in the face of corruption charges. New Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes, who took office in December, expressed indignation at the killing.
As a battleground for rival drug cartels, Veracruz is one of Mexico's most violent states. The governor reported that eight people, including five police officers, also were killed Sunday during a gunbattle in the Coxquihi municipality in a mountainous area of northern Veracruz. Yunes said it wasn't yet clear what happened. ...
The Washington-based Committee to Protect Journalists has said that Mexico is the most dangerous part of the hemisphere for journalists and that Veracruz, on the Gulf of Mexico, has been the most deadly part of the country. The committee says 86 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 1992, 37 of them for motives directly related to their work and 49 for reasons not yet clear.
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