Monday, May 21, 2018
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Editorial: Journalists killed doing their job

From Ernie Pyle to James Foley, journalists have given their lives to cover wars and terrorism around the globe. If they didn't go, we wouldn't know. Foley, above, an American freelance photographer, was beheaded by Islamic State militants, who videotaped the horrific scene. President Barack Obama called it "an act of violence that shocked the conscience of the entire world." Foley was at least the 32nd journalist to die this year for his work. Here are 31 other people who the Committee to Protect Journalists is reasonably certain were murdered in direct reprisal for their work, killed in crossfire during combat situations or while on a dangerous assignment such as a street protest. The committee is still investigating the deaths of 10 other journalists. Read more at cpj.org.

Simone Camilli, Associated Press, Aug. 13, in Beit Lahiya, Gaza, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Leyla Yildizhan (Deniz Firat), Firat News Agency, Aug. 8, in Makhmur District, Iraq

Sameh al-Aryan, Al-Aqsa TV, July 30, in Shijaiyah, Gaza, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Rami Rayan, Palestine Network for Press and Media, July 30, in Shijaiyah, Gaza

Khaled Reyadh Hamad, Continue Production Films, July 20, in Gaza, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Anatoly Klyan, Pervy Kanal, June 30, in Donetsk, Ukraine

Yusuf Ahmed Abukar, Radio Ergo, Mustaqbal Radio, June 21, in Mogadishu, Somalia

Ahmed Hasan Ahmed, Xinhua News Agency, June 20, in Damascus, Syria

Igor Kornelyuk, VGTRK, June 17, in Metallist, Ukraine

Muftah Bu Zeid, Brnieq, May 26, in Benghazi, Libya

Khalid Ali Hamada, Al-Ahad TV, June 15, in Diyala province, Iraq

Andrea Rocchelli, Cesura photo agency, May 24, in Andreyevka, Ukraine

Camille Lepage, freelance, sometime in May, in Bouar region, Central African Republic

Fausto Gabriel Alcaraz Garay, Radio Amambay, May 16, in Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay

Mouaz Alomar (Abu Mehdi Al Hamwi), freelance, April 25, in Kafr Zita, Hama province, Syria

Bilal Ahmed Bilal, Palestine Today TV, unknown, in Sednaya, Syria

Anja Niedringhaus, Associated Press, April 4, in Khost, Afghanistan

Mayada Ashraf, Al-Dustour, March 28, in Cairo, Egypt

Nils Horner, Sveriges Radio, March 11, in Kabul, Afghanistan

Muthanna Abdel Hussein, Al-Iraqiya, March 10, in Hilla, Babil province, Iraq

Khaled Abdel Thamer, Al-Iraqiya, March 10, in Hilla, Babil province, Iraq

Ali Mustafa, freelance, March 9, in Aleppo, Syria

Omar Abdul Qader, Al-Mayadeen, March 8, in Deir Al-Zour, Syria

Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz, Notisur and Liberal del Sur, between Feb. 5 and 11, in Las Choapas, Veracruz, Mexico

Turad Mohamed al-Zahouri, freelance, Feb. 20, in Arsal, Lebanon

Vyacheslav Veremiy, Vesti, Feb. 19, in Kiev, Ukraine

Germain Kennedy Mumbere Muliwavyo, Radio Télévision Muungano, Feb. 16, in Oïcha, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Pedro Palma, Panorama Regional, Feb. 13, in Miguel Pereira, Brazil

Santiago Ilídio Andrade, Bandeirantes, Feb. 10, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Firas Mohammed Attiyah, Fallujah TV, Jan. 20, in Khalidiya, Iraq

Shan Dahar, Abb Takk Television, Jan. 1, in Larkana, Pakistan

     
                                             
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