World Association of News Publishers

69 Media Employees Killed in 2012

69 Media Employees Killed in 2012

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Since 1998, our organisation has actively monitored the cases of media employees who pay the ultimate price in their efforts to bring us the news. A way of honouring the courage and determination of men and women who lose their lives while reporting on conflicts, challenging governments or investigating corruption and crime.

WAN-IFRA’s figures include all media workers killed in the line of duty or targeted because of their work. It also includes cases where the motive for the killings is unsure or where official investigations have not been completed.


(Cases are listed by region and order of country)



For 2011 figures, click here.

For previous years, click here.



Nigeria (1)
January 20
Enenche Godwin Akogwu, reporter and cameraman, Channels TV 

Somalia (14)
January 28
Osman Abdi, director, Shabelle Media Network 

February 28
Abukar Hassan Mohamoud, radio editor, Radio Somaliweyn

March 4
Ali Ahmed Abdi, broadcast reporter, Radio Galkayo

April 5
Mahad Salad Adan, editor, Voice of Hiran, Shabelle Media Network

May 2
Farhan Jeemis Abdulle, journalist, Radio Daljir & Simba Radio

May 24
Ahmed Addow Anshur, producer & presenter, Shabelle Media Network

September 20
Abdirahman Yasin Ali, director, radio Hamar

September 20
Abdisatar Daher Sabriye, head of news, Radio Mogadishu

September 20
Liban Ali Nur, reporter, head of news, Somali National TV

September 21
Hassan Youssouf Absuge, reporter, Radio Mantaa

September 27
Abdirahman Mohamed, reporter, Civaarahamaanta Sports news website

September 28
Ahmed Abdulahi Farah, photographer, Yemeni news agency Saba

October 23
Ahmed Farah Ilyas, broadcast reporter, Universal TV

October 28
Mohamed Mohamed Turyare, reporter & website editor, Shabelle Media Network

South Sudan (1)
September 2
Diing Chan Awol, aka Isaiah Abraham, freelancer

Tanzania (1)
September 2
Daudi Mwangosi, reporter, TV Channel Ten 



Brazil (6)
January 28
Mario Randolfo Marques Lopes, internet reporter, Vassouras da net

February 12
Paulo Roberto Cardoso Rodrigues, editor, daily Jornal da Praça

April 23
Décio Sá, blogger and political journalist, O Estado do Maranhão

June 15
Edinaldo Filgueira, editor and founder, Jornal Serrano

July 5
Valério Luiz de Oliveira, columnist and sports commentator, Radio Jornal

Eduardo Carvalho, editor-in-chief, Última Hora News

Colombia (1)
January 28
Guillermo Quiroz Delgado, freelance reporter  

Mexico (6)
April 28
Regina Martínez, investigative journalist, Proceso weekly magazine

May 3
Gabriel Huge, photojournalist, Notiver daily newspaper

May 3
Guillermo Luna Varela, photojournalist, Veracruznews

May 18
Marco Antonio Ávila García, journalist, El Regional de Sonora & Diario Sonora de la Tarde daily newspapers

June 14
Victor Manuel Báez, editor, Milenio daily newspaper and newswebsite

November 14
Adrián Silva Moreno, freelance journalist


ASIA: 15

Bangladesh (2)
February 11
Meherun Runi, senior reporter, ATN Bangla TV

February 11
Golam Mustofa Sarowar, news editor, Maasranga TV

 Cambodia (1)
September 11
Hang Serei Odom, reporter, Virakchun Khmer Daily

India (2)
February 18
Chandrika Rai, journalist, Navbharat & The Hitavada daily

March 11
Rajesh Mishra, reporter, weekly Media Raj

Indonesia (1)
January 17
Leiron Kogoya, reporter, Papua Pos Nabire & Pasific Pos Dail newspapers

Pakistan (7)
January 17
Mukarram Khan Aatif, broadcast reporter, TV Dunya News & Deewa Radio

May 10
Aurengzeb Tunio, reporter, Kawaish TV Network

May 28
Abdul Qadir Hajizai, broadcast reporter, WASH TV

September 29
Abdul Haq Baloch, broadcast reporter, ARY Television

October 7
Mushtaq Khand, broadcast & print reporter, Dharti TV Network & Mehran newspaper

November 18
Rehmatullah Abid, news reporter, Dunya News & Intikhaab newspaper

November 22
Saqib Khan, photojournalist, Ummat newspaper

Philippines (1)
November 8
Julius Cauzo, radio host and comentator, DWJJ radio

Thailand (1)
January 17
Wisut "Ae" Tangwittayaporn, reporter and owner, Inside Phuket



Russia (1)
December 5
Kazbek Gekkiyev, VGTRK



Egypt (1)
December 12
Al-Hosseiny Abou Deif, El-Fagr newspaper

Iraq (3)
April 9
Kamiran Salaheddin, news anchor, Salaheddin Channel

July 30
Ghazwan Anas, TV host, Sama Mosul TV

November 17
Samir al-Sheikh Ali, editor-in-chief, Al-Jamahir al-Baghdadiya daily

Lebanon (1)
April 9
Ali Shaaban, cameraman, Al-Jadeed TV

Palestine (2)

November 20
Hussam Salama, cameraman, Al-Aqsa TV

November 20
Mahmoud al-Kumi, cameraman, Al-Aqsa TV

Syria (16)
January 3
Shukri Abu al-Burghul, editor, Al-Thawra State-owned daily

January 11
Gilles Jacquier, cameraman, France 2 TV

February 4
Mazhar Tayyara, camera operator, freelance

February 22
Rémi Ochlik, photographer, freelance

February 22
Marie Colvin, reporter, Sunday Times

July 14
Falah Taha, freelancer

August 10
Hatem Abu Yeniah, cameraman, Al-Ikhbariya

August 11
Ali Abbas, head of domestic news, SANA news agency

August 20
Mika Yamamoto, reporter, Japan Press

August 22
Mosaab al-Obdaallah, freelancer

September 9
Tamel al-Awam, freelancer

September 22
Maya Naser, journalist, Press TV Iran

October 10
Mohamed al-Ashram, cameraman, Al-Ikhbariya TV

November 21
Basel Tawfiq Youssef, reporter, Syrian state TV

December 4
Naji Asaad, editor, Tishreen newspaper

December 22
Haidar Alsamoudi, cameraman, Syrian State TV


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Rodrigo Bonilla


2012-01-12 12:05

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Mexican crime reporter Victor Manuel Báez Chino was killed on Thursday morning in Xalapa, the capital of the State of Veracruz. He had been kidnapped on Wednesday evening after he left his office.


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Rodrigo Bonilla


2012-06-15 18:26

On Monday, April 23rd, at 11:30 pm, yet another journalist was murdered in Brazil. Décio Sá was shot six times in a bar in the city of São Luís, capital of the northern state of Maranhão. The 42 year-old and was a reporter for the newspaper O Estado do Maranhão. Décio was the fourth news professional murdered in the country in 2012.


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Andrew Heslop


2012-05-18 17:22

Journalists and media executives must join forces to fight the current threats facing the press throughout Latin America, speakers urged an annual gathering of Latin American publishers organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).


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William Granger


2012-04-27 18:40

Media employees worldwide face physical violence and persecution of all kinds, whether from public officials, criminals or terrorists. Assaults are daily - and often deadly - for those who challenge governments, report on conflicts or investigate corruption and crime. Read more ...