A Tribute to War Journalists Killed in 2012

   

                          The Los Angeles Post

                        Salutes War Journalists

             That Died In 2012 In War Torn Areas

                To Bring The Truth To The World.

 

         We Thank You For Your Service.

 

Below are the names of war journalists and a brief statement about how they were taken from us.

 

Published in the Committee To Protect Journalists –   http://cpj.org/killed/2012/

 

Al-Hosseiny Abou Deif, El-Fagr – December 12, 2012, in Cairo, Egypt

Abou Deif, reporter for the private weekly El-Fagr, died from injuries he sustained in a December 5 protest during which he was struck in the head by a rubber bullet fired at close range, according to news reports. Local journalists and news reports identified the assailant as a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Kazbek Gekkiyev, VGTRK – December 5, 2012, in Nalchik, Russia

Two assailants shot Gekkiyev three times in the head as he was returning home from work with a friend at about 9 p.m. in Nalchik, capital of the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, according to local and international news reports. Gekkiyev, 28, was a news anchor for the regional affiliate of state-owned broadcaster VGTRK.

 

Naji Asaad, Tishreen – December 4, 2012, in Damascus, Syria

A sniper shot Asaad, an editor for the state-run daily Tishreen, outside his home in the Tadamoun neighborhood of Damascus, according the state news agency SANA and other pro-government news outlets. Asaad, who was on his way to work, was struck in the head, the reports said. SANA claimed he was killed by “armed terrorist groups,” a catch-all phrase the government used to describe all armed opposition forces.

 

Mohamed Quratem, Enab Baladi – November 28, 2012, in Darya, Syria

Quratem, a reporter for the pro-opposition weekly Enab Baladi (The Grapes of My Country), was killed in government shelling of the Damascus suburb of Darya on November 28, according to his employer and the pan-Arab news channel Al-Arabiya. Quratem and two local activists, Marwan Shurbaji and Abd al-Rahim Shurbaji, died when a mortar shell fell on the building in which he was working, Eiad Shurbaji, a relative of the killed activists and an exiled Syrian journalist, told CPJ. The three bodies were not discovered until November 30 because of continuous shelling and the large amount of rubble, Shurbaji said.

 

Guillermo Quiroz Delgado, Freelance – November 27, 2012, in Sincelejo, Colombia

Freelance reporter Quiroz died seven days after being hospitalized for injuries suffered when he was arrested by police while covering a protest, according to press reports. Quiroz, 31, lapsed into a coma and died of a heart attack in the María Reina Clinic in Sincelejo, according to news reports. He was a part-time journalist for “Notisabanas,” a nightly cable TV news program in Sincelejo, the capital of northern Sucre department, and contributed to the El Meridiano daily newspaper in Montería, capital of neighboring Córdoba department.

 

Mohamed al-Khal, Freelance – November 25, 2012, in Deir al-Zour, Syria

Al-Khal, a videographer who documented unrest in the eastern city of Deir al-Zour, waskilled in government shelling of the Hamidiya neighborhood while covering ongoing clashes between government forces and the rebel Free Syrian Army, according to DeirEzzorTV, a local news broadcaster, and the Shaam News Network.

 

Saqib Khan, Ummat – November 22, 2012, in Karachi, Pakistan

Khan, a photographer for the Urdu-language paper Ummat, died from injuries he sustained from a bomb that exploded 30 minutes after another blast outside a Shia site in Karachi, according to the International Federation of Journalists and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists. Khan was killed while covering the first explosion, the same sources said.

 

Basel Tawfiq Youssef, Syrian State TV – November 21, 2012, in Damascus, Syria

Youssef, a reporter for Syrian State TV, was shot and killed outside his home in the Tadamoun neighborhood of Damascus, according to a report by the broadcaster. Youssef, 42, had been working for Syrian State TV for eight years, the broadcaster said. He had been kidnapped and threatened in the past three months, the report said.

 

Eduardo Carvalho, Última Hora News – November 21, 2012, in Campo Grande, Brazil

A motorcycle-riding assailant shot Carvalho, editor and owner of the news website Última Hora News, at his home in Campo Grande, capital of Mato Grosso do Sul state, according to news reports. Carvalho often covered local corruption, news reportssaid.

 

Hozan Abdel Halim Mahmoud, Freelance – November 19, 2012, in Ras al-Ain, Syria

Mahmoud, a contributor to the local news website Basma Syria (Syria’s Fingerprint), was killed by sniper fire while filming clashes between rebel forces and armed members of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, in Ras al-Ain in Al-Hasakah province near the Turkish border, according to the news outlet and  local press reports. Mahmoud had covered the Syrian uprising primarily from the northeastern city of Qamishli near the Turkish border

 

Rehmatullah Abid, Dunya News TV, Intikhaab – November 18, 2012, in Panjgur, Baluchistan, Pakistan

Unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle killed Abid in a barber shop in Panjgur District, about 375 miles (600 kilometers) from Quetta, the capital of the strife-torn province of Baluchistan. Abid had worked as a general news reporter for the Urdu-language Dunya News, a news and current affairs TV channel, for several years and had also worked for the Urdu-language daily Intikhaab.

 

Adrián Silva Moreno, Freelance – November 14, 2012, in Tehuacán, Mexico

Silva and a companion were shot to death in the central Mexican state of Puebla shortly after the reporter had gathered information on a large-scale gasoline theft and then witnessed a stand-off between soldiers and gunmen, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. Silva covered the local police beat for several small local newspapers.

 

Sattar Beheshti, Freelance – November 3, 2012, in Tehran, Iran

Beheshti, 35, a critical blogger, died under suspicious and unclear circumstances while in government custody, according to news reports. Police arrested Beheshti on October 30 on allegations of “acting against national security,” and held him temporarily at Tehran’s Evin Prison, Prosecutor Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi told the media in a weekly press conference on November 12, the state-supported Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported.

 

Mohamed Mohamud Turyare, Shabelle Media Network  – October 28, 2012, in Mogadishu, Somalia

Mohamed, 22, was the fourth Shabelle journalist to be murdered in 2012. Local journalists said they believed Mohamed was targeted for his work at the network. Shabelle, though long established, had undergone recent management changes that led to harder-edged news coverage, local journalists said. The coverage, in turn, had engendered the wrath of Al-Shabaab militants and government officials, they said.

 

Ahmed Farah Ilyas, Universal TV –  October 23, 2012, in Las Anod, Somalia

Three unidentified gunmen killed Ahmed, 25, a correspondent for the private, London-based Universal TV, in the town of Las Anod at around 9 p.m., local journalists told CPJ. The assailants fled before police arrived at the scene.

 

Mohammed al-Ashram, Al-Ikhbariya – October 10, 2012, in Deir Al-Zour, Syria

Al-Ashram, 26, a cameraman for the pro-government television station Al-Ikhbariya, was shot in the chest and leg while covering clashes between Syrian government forces and the rebel Free Syrian Army in the eastern city of Deir Al-Zour, according to his employer.

 

Mushtaq Khand, Dharti Television Network and Mehran – October 7, 2012, in Khairpur, Pakistan

Khand, 35, was killed when gunmen opened fire on a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) rally in the city of Khairpur in Sindh province. A 10-year veteran journalist, Khand was a reporter for Dharti Television Network and had been the president of the Khairpur Press Club for the past five years. He had also worked for the Sindhi newspaper Mehran in Hyderabad.

 

Mona al-Bakkour, Al-Thawra and Syria al-Qalaa – October 3, 2012, in Aleppo, Syria

Mona al-Bakkour, a reporter for the state-owned daily Al-Thawra and editor-in-chief of the pro-government news website Syria al-Qalaa, was killed by an explosion in Saadallah al-Jabri Square in the besieged northern city of Aleppo, close to where she was reporting, according to local news reports.

 

Abdul Haq Baloch, ARY Television – September 29, 2012, in Khuzdar, Pakistan

Unidentified assailants shot Baloch as he was leaving the Khuzdar Press Club in the city of Khuzdar in Baluchistan province. Baloch was the secretary-general of the press club and a long-time local correspondent for ARY Television. ARY Television said it had not been aware of any threats directed at Baloch. But Hamid Mir, a prominent Pakistani journalist, wrote after Baloch’s death that the journalist had been threatened by the Baloch Musalah Diffa Army, or BMDA, in November 2011 and had subsequently been named on a hit list issued by a BMDA spokesman.

 

Maya Naser, Press TV – September 26, 2012, in Damascus, Syria

Iran’s Press TV reported that Naser, one of its correspondents, was killed by sniper fire while covering two explosions near military headquarters in Damascus that were followed by intense fighting between government forces and the rebel Free Syrian Army. The sniper fire also wounded Hussein Mortada, Press TV’s Damascus bureau chief, the state-run station reported

 

Hassan Yusuf Absuge, Radio Maanta – September 21, 2012, in Mogadishu, Somalia

Unidentified armed men shot Hassan, a reporter and producer for the private Radio Maanta, three times in the head near a high school in Yaqshid District in Mogadishu, according to news reports. The assailants fled before the police arrived at the scene, news reports said.

 

Liban Ali Nur, Somali National TV – September 20, 2012, in Mogadishu, Somalia

Liban, head of news for Somali National TV, was among three journalists killed in a suicide bomb attack in a Mogadishu café, according to news reports and local journalists. Two unidentified men entered The Village café at around 5:30 p.m. and detonated bombs, killing a total of 14 people and injuring 20, according to news reports and local journalists.

 

Abdisatar Daher Sabriye, Radio Mogadishu – September 20, 2012, in Mogadishu, Somalia

Abdisatar, head of news for Radio Mogadishu, was among three journalists killed in a suicide bomb attack in a Mogadishu café, according to news reports and local journalists. Two unidentified men entered The Village café at around 5:30 p.m. and detonated bombs, killing a total of 14 people and injuring 20, according to news reports and local journalists.

 

Abdirahman Yasin Ali, Radio Hamar – September 20, 2012, in Mogadishu, Somalia

Abdirahman, director of Radio Hamar, was among three journalists killed in a suicide bomb attack in a Mogadishu café, according to news reports and local journalists. Two unidentified men entered The Village café at around 5:30 p.m. and detonated bombs, killing a total of 14 people and injuring 20, according to news reports and local journalists.

 

Abdel Karim al-Oqda, Shaam News Network – September 19, 2012, in Hama, Syria

Al-Oqda, a cameraman and reporter for the citizen news organization Shaam News Network, was killed when security forces launched an assault on his home in the central city of Hama, burning his house and killing three of his friends, according to Shaam and international media outlets citing local activists.

 

Yusuf Ahmed Deeb, Liwaa Al-Fatih – September 16, 2012, in Aleppo, Syria

Deeb, an editor for Liwaa Al-Fatih, a weekly affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, was killed during government airstrikes on the newspaper’s printing press in the northwestern city of Aleppo, according to local news reports and the Beirut-based watchdog the Samir Kassir Foundation.

 

Hang Serei Odom, Virakchun Khmer Daily – September 11, 2012, in Ratanakiri province, Cambodia

The wounded body of Hang Serei Odom, a reporter for the Khmer-language Virakchun Khmer Daily, was found in the trunk of his car at a cashew plantation in the O’Chum district of northeastern Ratanakiri province, according to news reports. The journalist’s wife had reported him missing two days earlier after he failed to return from an appointment, news reports said

 

Tamer al-Awam, Freelance – September 9, 2012, in Aleppo, Syria

Al-Awam, a documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist, died from shrapnel wounds he sustained from shelling as he covered clashes between Syrian government forces and the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo a day earlier, according to news reports based on opposition activist accounts. He died in a nearby field hospital, the reports said. The 35-year-old was from the governorate of Soueida, east of Damascus, and had studied film and cinema in Germany, news reports said.

 

Daudi Mwangosi, Channel Ten – September 2, 2012, in Iringa, Tanzania

Mwangosi, 40, a reporter with the private television station Channel Ten, was killed during a confrontation with police over the arrest of another journalist, according tonews reports and CPJ interviews with three journalists who witnessed the shooting.

 

Mosaab al-Obdaallah, Tishreen – August 22, 2012, in Damascus, Syria

Al-Obdaallah, 35, a reporter for the sports and culture section of the state-owned dailyTishreen, was shot point-blank in his home by Syrian security forces during a raid in the Nahir Eisha neighborhood of Damascus, according to news reports. Al-Obdaallah also wrote and took photographs for local news websites, Massoud Akko, president of the Media Freedom Committee of the Syrian Journalists Association, told CPJ.

Mika Yamamoto, Japan Press – August 20, 2012, in Aleppo, Syria

Yamamoto, a video and photojournalist for Tokyo-based Japan Press, was killed in clashes between rebels and Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo, according to news reports and Japan’s Foreign Ministry. In footage released by Japan Press and shot shortly before her death, Yamamoto is seen traveling with the rebel Free Syrian Army to an area that had been bombed when gunshots were heard.

 

Ali Abbas, SANA – August 11, 2012, in Damascus, Syria

Abbas, head of domestic news at the state-run SANA news agency, was killed by unidentified gunmen at his home in the Jdaidat Artouz District of Damascus, according to his employer. SANA said he was killed by “armed terrorist groups” as part of a campaign to silence government-aligned media, but the agency provided no further details.

 

Hatem Abu Yehia, Al-Ikhbariya – August 10, 2012, in Al-Tal, Syria

Abu Yehia, a camera operator for the pro-government television station Al-Ikhbariya, was killed in disputed circumstances, according to news reports. Rebels belonging to the Free Syrian Army kidnapped Abu Yehia and three colleagues–Yara al-Saleh, an anchor for the station; Abdullah Tubara, a camera operator; and driver Hussam Imad–in the Damascus suburb of Al-Tal on August 10, according to news reports.

 

Valério Luiz de Oliveira, Radio Jornal – July 5, 2012, in Goiânia, Brazil

An unidentified gunman on a motorcycle shot Luiz, 49, at least four times outside his offices at Radio Jornal, where he hosted a sports program, news reports said. Luiz was known for his critical commentary, particularly regarding the management of the local soccer team Atletico Goianiense, according to news reports. Before his death, he had been banned entry from the premises of the team’s headquarters, news reports said.

 

Byron Baldeón, Freelance – July 1, 2012, in El Triunfo, Ecuador

Baldeón, 31, a freelance photographer, was shot by two gunmen on a motorcycle in front of his home in El Triunfo, about 60 kilometers (100 miles) north of the city of Guayaquil. The coroner who performed the autopsy told reporters he counted 17 bullet wounds. Baldeón was a witness in a criminal case involving alleged police corruption, according tonews reports.

 

Mohammad Shamma, Al-Ikhbariya – June 27, 2012, in Doursha, Syria

Shamma, an engineer for the pro-government, private Syrian television station Al-Ikhbariya, was killed with his colleague, Sami Abu Amin, when armed men attacked the station’s offices in the town of Doursha, south of Damascus, in the early hours of the morning, according to news reports.

 

Sami Abu Amin, Al-Ikhbariya – June 27, 2012, in Doursha, Syria

Abu Amin, 30, a reporter for the private pro-government Syrian television station Al-Ikhbariya, was killed with his colleague, Mohammad Shamma, when armed men attacked the station’s offices in the town of Doursha, in southern Damascus, in the early hours of the morning, according to news reports.

 

Jamal Uddin, Gramer Kagoj – June 15, 2012, in Kashipur, Bangladesh

An unidentified group of men armed with sharp weapons, including machetes, attacked Uddin at a tea stall in Kashipur village in the district of Jessore on the border with India, according to news reports. The assailants slashed his arms, legs, and eyes, leaving him with multiple severe injuries, news reports said. Uddin died at a local hospital later that night, the reports said.

 

Abdul Qadir Hajizai, WASH TV – May 28, 2012, in Quetta, Pakistan

Armed men shot Hajizai, a headmaster of a middle school who also worked at WASH TV, a private Baluchi-language TV channel, according to news reports. The journalist died at a local hospital, the reports said. Hajizai was killed in the Basima area of Washik District, home of the Shamsi Air Field that was used by the United States as a base for surveillance and drone operations against militants in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

 

Ahmed al-Assam, Freelance – May 28, 2012, in Homs, Syria

Al-Assam, a 21-year-old cameraman and citizen journalist, and filmmaker Bassel al-Shahade, were filming incursions by security forces in the Homs neighborhood of Safsafa when a shell hit their car and killed them, Amer Matar, an exiled Syrian journalist and a close friend of al-Shahade, told CPJ. News reports suggested that security forces targeted the journalists because they were filming.

 

Bassel al-Shahade, Freelance – May 28, 2012, in Homs, Syria

Al-Shahade, a 28-year-old filmmaker and citizen journalist, and cameraman Ahmed al-Assam were filming incursions by security forces in the Homs neighborhood of Safsafa when a shell hit their car and killed them, Amer Matar, an exiled Syrian journalist and a close friend of al-Shahade, told CPJ. News reports suggested that security forces targeted the journalists because they were filming.

 

Ahmed Adnan al-Ashlaq, Shaam News Network – May 27, 2012, in Damascus, Syria

Al-Ashlaq, a correspondent for the citizen news organization Shaam News Network, waskilled along with two colleagues–Ammar Mohamed Suhail Zado, Shaam’s Homs director, and Lawrence Fahmy al-Naimi, the head of live streaming for the network–while filming clashes between security forces and armed rebels in Damascus. The journalists were in an apartment in the Al-Midan neighborhood when their building was shelled by security forces, according to a Shaam News Network representative who spoke on condition of anonymity.

 

Lawrence Fahmy al-Naimi, Shaam News Network – May 27, 2012, in Damascus, Syria

Al-Naimi, the head of live-streaming for the citizen news organization Shaam News Network, was killed along with two colleagues–Ammar Mohamed Suhail Zado, Shaam’s Homs director, and Ahmed Adnan al-Ashlaq, a correspondent–while filming clashes between security forces and armed rebels in Damascus. The journalists were in an apartment in the Al-Midan neighborhood when their building was shelled by security forces, according to a Shaam News Network representative who spoke on condition of anonymity.

 

Ammar Mohamed Suhail Zado, Shaam News Network – May 27, 2012, in Damascus, Syria

Zado, the Homs director of the citizen news organization Shaam News Network, waskilled along with two colleagues–Ahmed Adnan al-Ashlaq, a Shaam correspondent, and Lawrence Fahmy al-Naimi, the head of live streaming for the network–while filming clashes between security forces and armed rebels in Damascus. The journalists were in an apartment in the Al-Midan neighborhood when their building was shelled by security forces, according to a Shaam News Network representative who spoke on condition of anonymity.

 

Ahmed Addow Anshur, Shabelle Media Network – May 24, 2012, in Mogadishu, Somalia

Four unidentified gunmen shot Ahmed, 24, as he was in Bo’le Market, in Dharkenley District in Mogadishu. Ahmed was the producer and presenter of a late-night political program “Qubanaha Waraka” (News Content) on the Shabelle Media Network. He had worked there for more than three years, local journalists said.

 

 

Razzaq Gul, Express News TV – May 19, 2012, in Turbat, Pakistan

Gul, 35, a senior reporter with Express News TV station in Turbat city in the Kech District of Baluchistan, was abducted near his home on the evening of May 18, according to news reports. His body was found the next day with several bullet wounds and marks that indicated he had been tortured, his family told local journalists.

 

Farhan Jeemis Abdulle, Radio Daljir and Simba Radio – May 2, 2012, in Galkayo, Somalia

Two unidentified gunmen killed Farhan as he walked home from work in Galkayo, a town in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, at around 8 p.m., local journalists told CPJ. The assailants shot him three times in the back and once in the hand, local journalists said.

 

Décio Sá, O Estado do Maranhão and Blog do Décio –  April 23, 2012, in São Luis, Brazil

Sá, 42, a Brazilian political journalist and blogger, was shot six times while sitting in a bar, according to news reports. The assailant fled the scene with a motorcyclist who was waiting outside, the reports said.

 

Ali Shaaban, Al-Jadeed – April 9, 2012, in Wadi Khaled, Lebanon

Shaaban, a cameraman for the Beirut-based TV station Al-Jadeed, was shot by plainclothes Syrian security forces as he and colleagues were reporting from Wadi Khaled, a northern Lebanese town along the Syrian border, Al-Jadeed said.

 

Leiron Kogoya, Papua Pos Nabire and Pasifik Pos Dail – April 8, 2012, in Mulia, Indonesia

Gunmen opened fire on a small plane landing at an airport in Mulia, a town in the restive Papua region, killing Kogoya and injuring four passengers, according to news reports. Kogoya, 35, was a reporter for the local newspapers Papua Pos Nabire and Pasifik Pos Dail. “He had returned to the area to meet his family and help with the coverage of elections,” Angelbertha Sinaga, the editor of the Papua Pos media group, told reporters, according to news reports.

 

Mahad Salad Adan, Shabelle Media Network – April 5, 2012, in Beledweyne, Somalia

Three unidentified assailants shot Mahad, 20, at around 5 p.m. near his home in Howlwadag village in western Beledweyne, the capital of the central Somali region of Hiran, according to local journalists and news reports. Mahad, also known as Mahad Jamal, was the editor of Voice of Hiran, a radio station in Hiran, before he began working as a local correspondent for Somalia’s largest news outlet, the Shabelle Media Network.

 

Ahmed Ismail Hassan, Freelance – March 31, 2012, in Salmabad, Bahrain

Hassan, a Bahraini videographer, was shot after filming a pro-reform protest in Salmabad, a village southwest of the capital, Manama, according to local journalists and news reports. After the protest was dispersed by riot police with tear gas and rubber bullets, unknown assailants in a Toyota Land Cruiser began firing live ammunition at the protesters, news reports said. Hassan, who was among those shot, died in a hospital later that morning, the reports said.

 

Ali Ahmed Abdi, Freelance – March 4, 2012, in Galkayo, Somalia

Assailants shot Ali in the head near his home in the north-central town of Galkayo in the semi-autonomous republic of Puntland at around 9 p.m., local journalists told CPJ. The attack occurred in Galkayo’s northern district of Is-Raac.

 

Rajesh Mishra, Media Raj – March 1, 2012, in Rewa, India

Two assailants hit Mishra on the head with an iron rod while he was at a public tea stall in Rewa town in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, according to local news reports. The journalist died at a local hospital, the reports said.

 

Abukar Hassan Mohamoud, Somaliweyn Radio – February 28, 2012, in Mogadishu, Somalia

Unidentified gunmen shot veteran journalist Abukar, nicknamed “Kadaf,” five times in the head and chest at around 6 p.m. in the Wadajir District of the capital, Mogadishu, local journalists told CPJ. Abukar, 49, died of his injuries at Medina Hospital soon after the attack.

 

Anas al-Tarsha, Freelance – February 24, 2012, in Homs, Syria

Al-Tarsha, a videographer who documented unrest in the besieged city of Homs, was killed by a mortar round while filming the bombardment of the city’s Qarabees District, according to news reports. The central city had been under daily attack for more than three weeks as the Syrian government’s assault on opposition strongholds escalated in intensity. Al-Tarsha was the fourth media fatality in Homs within a week.

 

Rémi Ochlik, Freelance – February 22, 2012, in Homs, Syria

French photojournalist Ochlik and American-born correspondent Marie Colvin were killed when their makeshift press center in Homs was struck during shelling of the city by Syrian forces, news reports said. Ochlik was reporting on the Syrian conflict as a freelancer. The central city was under the 19th consecutive day of intense bombardment by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

 

Marie Colvin, The Sunday Times – February 22, 2012, in Homs, Syria

Colvin, an acclaimed international reporter, and French photojournalist Rémi Ochlik were killed when their makeshift press center in Homs was struck during shelling of the city by Syrian forces, news reports said. The U.S.-born Colvin was reporting on the Syrian conflict for The Sunday Times. The central city was under the 19th consecutive day of intense bombardment by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

 

Rami al-Sayed, Freelance – February 21, 2012, in Homs, Syria

Al-Sayed, a videographer, died at a local hospital soon after being wounded while covering Syrian forces’ bombardment of the city of Homs, news reports said. The central city was under the 18th consecutive day of intense shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

 

Mario Randolfo Marques Lopes, Vassouras na Net – February 9, 2012, in Barra do Piraí, Brazil

The bodies of Randolfo and his companion, Maria Aparecida Guimarães, were found in the city of Barra do Piraí in Rio de Janeiro state. Both had been abducted from Randolfo’s home the night before and had been shot to death early that morning, news reports said.

 

Mazhar Tayyara, Freelance – February 4, 2012, in Homs, Syria

Tayyara, a videographer and photojournalist who contributed to Agence France-Presse and other international outlets, was killed by government forces’ fire in the city of Homs. He was reporting from Al-Khaldiyeh neighborhood when government forces shelled the district, the news websiteCitizenside reported.

 

Hassan Osman Abdi, Shabelle Media Network – January 28, 2012, in Mogadishu, Somalia

Unknown gunmen ambushed Hassan, director of theShabelle Media Network, as he was entering his home andshot him five times in the head and chest, according to local journalists. The murder occurred around 6:30 p.m. in the government-controlled Wadajir District of the capital, Mogadishu, according to the same sources.

 

Enenche Akogwu, Channels TV – January 20, 2012, in Kano, Nigeria

Unidentified gunmen shot Akogwu, 31, a reporter and camera operator with independent broadcaster Channels TV, as he interviewed witnesses of terrorist attacks in the city of Kano, local journalists told CPJ. Akogwu had just returned from a police news conference following coordinated bombings by the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram that left at least 178 people dead, according to news reports.

 

Mukarram Khan Aatif, Freelance – January 17, 2012, in Shabqadar, Pakistan

Two gunmen killed broadcast reporter Aatif outside a mosque in Shabqadar, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) north of Peshawar, according to news reports. A correspondent for the private TV station Dunya News, Aatif also worked for Deewa Radio, a Pashto-language service of the U.S. government-funded Voice of America.

 

Wisut “Ae” Tangwittayaporn, Inside Phuket – January 12, 2012, in Phuket, Thailand

Wisut, 44, reporter and owner of the newspaper Inside Phuket, was shot and killed by two motorcycle-riding assailants while driving with his wife, Jiraporn Hosakul, during morning rush hour on the southern island of Phuket, according to news reports.

 

Gilles Jacquier, France 2 – January 11, 2012, in Homs, Syria

Jacquier, 43, a journalist for the French public broadcaster France 2, was among eight people killed by hostile fire while covering a pro-regime rally in Homs, news reports said. Jacquier was the third journalist killed in Syria during the uprising that began 10 months earlier.

 

Christopher Guarin, Radyo Mo Nationwide and Tatak News – January 5, 2012, in General Santos City, Philippines

Guarin, 41, a block-time radio broadcaster with Radyo Mo Nationwide and publisher of small local newspaper Tatak News, was shot and killed in the evening by unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants while driving home with his wife, Lyn Guarin, and 9-year-old daughter in General Santos City on the southern island of Mindanao, according to local and international news reports.

 

Resource: http://cpj.org/killed/2012/