Journalists Under Attack

March 3, 2021 Afghanistan BY IFJ

Three Afghan women media workers killed in separate attacks

Three female journalists from Enikass TV were shot dead by unknown gunmen in two separate attacks as they attempted to return home from work on March 2. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Afghan Independent Journalists’ Association (AIJA) strongly condemn the horrendous attack and call for urgent measures to rectify the deplorable safety situation for media workers in the country.

March 2, 2021 Somalia BY RSF

Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a radio reporter’s murder yesterday by two gunmen in the city of Galkayo, in central Somalia, and calls on the Somali authorities to take urgent steps to improve journalists’ safety.

February 3, 2021 Lebanon BY CPJ

Lebanese journalist Lokman Slim murdered

On February 3, 2021, at about 8:30 p.m., Lebanese political commentator, columnist, and activist Lokman Slim went missing after leaving the home of a friend near the town of Niha, south of Beirut, according to his wife, Monika Borgman, who spoke to the regional news website The National.

January 19, 2021 Ethiopia BY CPJ

Reporter Dawit Kebede Araya shot and killed in Ethiopia

Ethiopian authorities must conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the killing of journalist Dawit Kebede Araya, determine if it was motivated by his work, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

December 30, 2020 Yemen BY CPJ

Adeeb al-Janani of Belqees TV Killed in Aden

Adeeb al-Janani, a reporter for privately owned Yemeni broadcaster Belqees TV, was killed December 30, 2020, at Aden International Airport while covering the arrival of the newly formed Yemeni government’s cabinet from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, according to his employer and the local independent newspaper Al-Masdar.

November 28, 2020 India BY CPJ

Indian journalist Rakesh Singh burnt to death in house fire

Rakesh Singh, a journalist with local Hindi newspaper Rashtriya Swaroop, died from burn injuries on November 28, 2020, after his house was set on fire in the Balrampur district of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh the previous day, according to news reports.

November 8, 2020 India BY RSF

India: Tamil Nadu TV reporter killed because of status as journalist

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates the urgent need for legislation protecting media personnel in India after a reporter for a Tamil-language TV channel in Chennai, the capital of the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu, was murdered on 8 November as a direct result of his status as a journalist.

November 5, 2020 Liberia BY IPI

Chris David shot dead in Liberia

Chris David, a reporter for Radio Paraclete was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Gbarnga, Bong County in Liberia on Oct. 29. 

November 2, 2020 Mexico BY CPJ

Mexican journalist Jesús Alfonso Piñuelas shot and killed in Sonora

Mexico City, November 9, 2020 – The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Mexican authorities today to undertake a swift and credible investigation into the killing of journalist Jesús Alfonso Piñuelas, founder of Zarathustra Press and El Shock de la Noticia, who was shot dead November 2 in Cajeme, in the northern Mexican state of Sonora.

October 29, 2020 Mexico BY CPJ

Mexican journalist Arturo Alba shot dead in Ciudad Juárez

Mexican authorities must immediately undertake an exhaustive and credible investigation into the killing of journalist Arturo Alba Medina, and determine if he was killed in retaliation for his work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

February 12, 2020 BY UNESCO

Director-General condemns murder of radio journalist Maxwell Nashan in Nigeria

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has denounced the killing of broadcaster Maxell Nashan in Nigeria’s State of Adamawa on 15 January and called for an investigation into this crime.

“I condemn the murder of Maxwell Nashan,” said the Director-General. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and ensure that attacks on journalists are brought to trial in the interest of press freedom, the fundamental human right of freedom of expression, and rule of law.”

Maxwell Nashan, a reporter and news presenter for the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), was abducted on 15 January and died in hospital on the same day after he was found unconscious and severely injured. The journalist is reported to have received threats to his life.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably in the framework of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

January 20, 2020 Iraq BY RSF

Iraq: Three journalists killed in January, murder attempt on fourth

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is extremely concerned about the increase in attacks on journalists in Iraq, where three have been killed in the first month of the year and a fourth narrowly escaped a shooting attack yesterday. The Iraqi authorities must provide journalists with more protection, RSF said.

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