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.
Mexican journalist shot dead in northern state of Chihuahua
A Mexican reporter was gunned down in the northern state of Chihuahua on Thursday, becoming the third journalist to be killed this month in one of the most dangerous countries for media workers.
The national newspaper La Jornada said Miroslava Breach, its correspondent in the state capital, also called Chihuahua, was shot eight times outside her garage in the morning and died while being taken to the hospital.
La Jornada said Breach, 54, was accompanied in the car by one of her three children at the time of the attack.
"Presumably there was at least one attacker who approached on foot when the La Jornada correspondent was taking her son to school and fired a .38-caliber (gun)," it said. "Eight shells were found lying in the street."
According to La Jornada, Breach had worked for the paper for more than 15 years and also for newspapers in the cities of Chihuahua and Juarez. It reported that a rolled-up cardboard message was left at the scene saying "for being a tattletale."
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Shooting wounds Mexican journalist; 2nd attack in 2 days
VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — A reporter in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz was reported in serious condition after being shot outside his home early Wednesday in a region plagued by drug cartel violence. It adds to a string of attacks on reporters in a country considered one of the most dangerous places to practice journalism
The president of the state commission for the protection of journalists, Ana Laura Perez, said a bullet punctured the lung of Armando Arrieta Granados, who worked as the news editor for the newspaper La Opinion de Poza Rica.
It was the second shooting attack on a journalist in two days in Mexico. A bodyguard protecting a threatened journalist was shot to death on Tuesday in the Baja California resort of San Jose del Cabo.
Journalist Julio Omar Gomez was not wounded in that attack at his home. But his bodyguard was reportedly shot when he tried to repel the attack. ...
Wednesday's shooting also was the fifth attack on journalists this month; the previous three were fatal.
Mexico newspaper stops printing after reporter shot dead
A regional newspaper in Mexico says the violence against journalists and the lack of punishment for those responsible is forcing it to stop printing.
In an editorial, Norte de Ciudad Juarez said Sunday's edition would be its last. ...
Miroslava Breach, a journalist who worked for the paper in Chihuahua city, was shot dead last month. ...
Oscar Cantu, editor of Norte de Ciudad Juarez, said (in Spanish): "There are neither the guarantees nor the security to exercise critical, counterbalanced journalism."
"Everything in life has a beginning and an end, and a price to pay, and if the price is life, I am not prepared for any more of my collaborators to pay it, nor am I prepared to pay it either."
Another journalist is gunned down in Mexico — the fourth in just six weeks ...
Authorities said reporter Maximino Rodriguez Palacios was shot dead outside of a shopping center Friday in La Paz, a coastal city in the state of Baja California Sur.
Rodriguez, 72, wrote about politics and crime for a news organization called the Pericu Collective. He had previously worked as a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office.
Friday’s shooting is the latest in a string of violent attacks on journalists in Mexico that has claimed four lives since March 2 and has left several others wounded. The attacks have drawn condemnation from human rights advocates, with the Committee to Protect Journalists calling the situation in Mexico a “crisis” of freedom of expression.
Mexico’s human rights commission, which on Saturday said it was sending investigators to La Paz to monitor the police investigation into the killing, has convened emergency talks with law enforcement officials from around the country to discuss how to better protect journalists.
Mexico is the world’s third-most dangerous country for journalists, after Syria and Afghanistan, according to Reporters Without Borders. Since 2000, 124 journalists have been killed, according to Mexico’s human rights commission.
Russian journalist and Putin critic dies after being beaten up by strangers
A Russian journalist known for his criticism of President Vladimir Putin has died after being beaten by unknown attackers, it has been reported.
Nikolai Andrushchenko, 73, who co-founded the Novy Peterburg newspaper, was attacked six weeks ago and had been in a coma since then.
He died on Wednesday in St Petersburg.
His attackers have not been identified but Novy Peterburg editor Denis Usov linked the assault to articles in the newspaper about corruption in the city. ...
In 2007 he was imprisoned on charges of defamation and obstruction of justice following his coverage of a murder investigation and trial in St Petersburg, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
At the time Mr Andrushchenko's colleagues said they thought his detention was due to Novy Peterburg's critical coverage of local authorities ahead of parliamentary elections.
Mexican Journalist Who Covered Drug Trade Gunned Down In Sinaloa
One of Mexico's most respected journalists has been shot to death in his home state of Sinaloa, in northwestern Mexico, and a large group of gunmen has attacked seven other journalists traveling in the southwest.
A wave of attacks, several of them fatal, targeted reporters in Mexico over the last few months, NPR's Carrie Kahn reports from Mexico.
Javier Valdez, who was shot to death in Culiacan, Sinaloa, on Monday, was a veteran reporter admired for his dogged coverage of drug trafficking, organized crime and life in Mexico's underworld, Carrie reports. He was a correspondent for a national newspaper, La Jornada, and also "founded the respected Riodoce publication and authored several books delving into narcotrafficking and organized crime."
A gunman pulled Valdez from his car and shot him multiple times, according to La Jornada.
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MEXICO CITY — Javier Valdez, a veteran reporter who specialized in covering drug trafficking and organized crime, was slain Monday in the northern Mexico state of Sinaloa, the latest in a wave of journalist killings in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for media workers.
Valdez is the fifth journalist to be murdered in Mexico in just over two months, and the second high-profile reporter to be slain in the country this decade after Regina Martinez Perez, who was killed in 2012.
A Sinaloa state government official said Valdez was killed in the state capital, Culiacan, near the offices of the publication he founded, Riodoce. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Riodoce confirmed Valdez’s killing on its webpage, saying he was driving about a block from its offices when he was intercepted by gunmen.
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MAN SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS FOR KILLING GUATEMALAN JOURNALIST
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A court in Guatemala has sentenced a man to 40 years in prison for the 2016 killing of a television journalist.
Byron Felipe Morales was sentenced Tuesday for the killing. Other suspects in the shooting remain at large.
Journalist Victor Hugo Valdez Cardona was gunned down while walking with his grandson in the provincial city of Chiquimula. Valdez Cardona was a physician who worked as a TV host, and prosecutors believe the killing was linked to his work.
Guatemala, like neighboring Mexico, has been plagued by the killing of journalists.
Charred body identified as missing Mexican journalist
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A charred body found in western Mexico has been identified as the owner and director of a local television station abducted in May, the seventh journalist killed so far this year in the country.
Salvador Adame was director of local channel 6TV. Armed men grabbed Adame on May 18 and forced him into a vehicle in the city of Nueva Italia in violence-plagued Michoacan state.
The remains were found in mid-June in a rural area and DNA tests later confirmed they were Adame's, said Michoacan state prosecutor Jose Martin Godoy.
Godoy said a kidnapping suspect had told authorities that Adame was killed on the orders of a local crime boss, allegedly because of "personal problems" between the two.
Another journalist has been gunned down in Mexico — the eighth killed this year
A journalist celebrating his 29th birthday was shot dead early Monday at a bar in the Mexican resort city of Rosarito.
Luciano Rivera Salgado, who covered crime for a Baja California television channel and published a news website called El Dictamen, is at least the eighth journalist to be killed this year in a country that ranks among the most dangerous for members of the media.
The motive behind the killing — including whether Rivera Salgado was killed because of his journalistic work — was still unclear.
A police official told Zeta newspaper that Rivera Salgado was shot in the head at 1:40 a.m. at La Antigua Bar, an upscale drinking establishment a few blocks from the ocean. Security camera footage from outside the bar shows several men racing out shortly after the shooting.
The official who spoke to Zeta said authorities would investigate the motive but that it appeared Rivera Salgado may have been killed because of “a dispute between the reporter and his aggressors” at the bar. A reporter in Baja California said camera footage from inside the bar suggested Rivera Salgado may have angered other patrons when he defended a group of women whom he believed were being harassed.
Determining exactly why a journalist was killed can be difficult in Mexico, where reporters are frequently targeted because of the stories they publish, but where more general violence is also becoming increasingly widespread.
Journalist killed in Mexico at least 9th this year
XALAPA, Mexico — A newspaper reporter in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz who was enrolled in a government protection program for journalists was killed Tuesday along with two other men, one of his editors and a journalist advocacy group said. ...
Perez said Rios had been threatened repeatedly since 2012 by a former mayor of Hueyapan de Ocampo and had a panic button on his cellphone and a security camera at his home. Rios had just finished his work for the day around 3 p.m. and was on his way home, Perez said.
Rios apparently stopped alongside the highway in Hueyapan to speak with a former police inspector he knew who was also killed in the attack, Perez said. ...
Rios “started to do journalism because of the social struggle,” Perez said. “He always protested against injustice.” He did not have academic training, but learned on the job, the editor said.
The reporter started his career in a mountainous and largely indigenous area and advocated for farmworkers, women and migrants, Perez said. He founded The Voice of Hueyapan and later joined Diario de Acayucan, where he had worked for 10 years. Perez characterized Rios as “combative” when it came to causes he believed in.
Indian journalist shot, killed by unknown assailants
BANGALORE, India — An Indian journalist was fatally shot Tuesday by unidentified attackers in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, police said.
The assailants pumped bullets into Gauri Lankesh as she left her car after reaching her home in Bangalore, the Karnataka state capital. The attackers fled the scene. ...
She edited a local magazine, “Lankesh Patrike,” and was found responsible in a defamation case by a lawmaker of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party for her writing about Hindu nationalists in 2016.
In 2015, an Indian scholar, Malleshappa M. Kalburgi, was killed in a similar way, also in Bangalore. He had received death threats from angry right-wing Hindu groups after he criticized idol worship and superstitious beliefs by Hindus.
He was the third critic of religious superstition to be killed in the country in three years.
‘Who is next?’: Killing of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh sparks protests
NEW DELHI — The killing of a prominent journalist and government critic outside her home in Bangalore prompted protests in major Indian cities Wednesday and a national uproar about the shrinking space for free speech in the world’s most populous democracy. ...
Although police have not yet identified suspects or possible motives, Lankesh’s death is widely being attributed to her work as a journalist and activist.
“They want us to be intimidated,” said Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, former editor of the academic journal Economic and Political Weekly, speaking at the Press Club here. “I hope that a thousand Gauri Lankeshes will be born and will rise among us.”
Lankesh was a vocal critic of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the rising far-right Hindu nationalism associated with his party. Her death follows a string of recent killings that targeted leftist academics and scholars, activists said.
Mexico: 11th journalist killed, setting path for record-breaking year
Authorities in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi said the bullet-riddled body of 23-year-old photojournalist Edgar Daniel Esqueda was discovered on Friday near the state capital's airport, bound and showing signs of torture.
Witnesses told the Mexican press freedom advocacy group Articulo 19 that the assailants told Esqueda they were police officers after he asked for their identity.
The San Luis Potosi police department denied any involvement via Twitter, saying "there has not been any police action against a reporter in the (state) capital."
Over the past year, Esqueda made several reports to Mexico's federal protection program about police harassment. San Luis Potosi Governor Juan Manuel Carreras said one line of investigation included the possible involvement of "public officials" in the photojournalist's death. ...
Since 2000, 111 journalists have been killed in Mexico, with more than 90 percent of the cases unsolved. More than 180,000 people have been killed and over 30,000 others disappeared since the government declared war against the country's powerful drug cartels 11 years ago.