Popular Mexican journalist shot dead in broad day light

Pedro Pablo Kumul, a journalist who worked as a reporter for the Mexican daily ‘AX Noticias’ and broadcaster on Es Amor 105.5 HD, was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon while driving his car in the city of Veracruz, in the southeast of the country. Kamul was driving when he had a problem with the driver of another vehicle, who allegedly chased him and then shot him with a firearm, reported ‘Heraldo de México’. “We regret the terrible event that happened this afternoon in the town of Castillo where our friend, broadcaster and reporter of this media ‘Ax Noticias’ and Es … Continue reading Popular Mexican journalist shot dead in broad day light

Journalist found dead with signs of torture in Ecuador

An Ecuadorean photo-journalist named Henry Vivanco has been found dead with signs of torture in a house in Huarquillas, in southern Ecuador, in events that are already under investigation. Vivanco’s body was found handcuffed, half-naked, face down and with signs of violence, explained a brother of the victim, Patricio Vivanco, quoted by the newspaper ‘El Universo’. Patricio Vivanco explained that he had not spoken to his brother since Friday and that he only knew that he had gone out with a friend. It was the father of both of them who went to the journalist’s home, saw that there was … Continue reading Journalist found dead with signs of torture in Ecuador

Philippines police indicts prison chief over journalist killing

Police in the Philippines have accused the head of the country’s prison service of ordering the killing of a prominent radio journalist. Percival Mabasa, 63, was shot dead last month as he drove to his radio studio in a suburb in the capital Manila. He had earlier aired allegations of corruption against Bureau of Corrections director general Gerald Bantag, said officials. Mabasa was also an outspoken critic of former president Rodrigo Duterte. Mr Bantag, who is currently suspended from duty, will “probably be the highest official of (the) land ever charged with a case of this gravity”, said Justice Secretary … Continue reading Philippines police indicts prison chief over journalist killing

Prominent Pakistani journalist shot dead in Kenya

An investigation has begun in Kenya after well-known Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif was shot dead by police at a roadblock on Sunday. He was “fatally wounded” while he was a passenger in a moving vehicle after it failed to stop, according to a police statement. Mr Sharif was a critic of Pakistan’s military as well as a vocal supporter of ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan. The 49-year-old had left Pakistan in August after complaining of harassment. He had previously been in the UK and Dubai before travelling to Kenya. It is not known exactly what he was doing in the … Continue reading Prominent Pakistani journalist shot dead in Kenya

Pulitzer-winning Kashmiri journalist stopped from leaving India

A Pulitzer-winning photojournalist from Indian-administered Kashmir has said that she was stopped from travelling to the US by immigration authorities at Delhi airport. Sanna Irshad Mattoo was awarded the Pulitzer for her coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic and was on her way to attend the award ceremony. Ms Mattoo said she was stopped “despite having a valid visa and ticket”. The Indian government has not made a statement yet on why she was stopped. News agency PTI quoted Jammu and Kashmir police officials as saying that she had been placed on a no-fly list. Ms Mattoo said this was the … Continue reading Pulitzer-winning Kashmiri journalist stopped from leaving India

CNN apologises for entering site of deadly attack in Thailand

US news outlet CNN has apologised for its coverage of last week’s attack on a childcare centre in Thailand that left 37 people, including 23 children, dead. Two CNN reporters entered the building where the attack took place and filmed on the premises. They were accused of trespassing and filming a crime scene without permission. Both of them were later cleared of the charges but fined for working as journalists while on tourist visas. CNN International’s executive vice-president and general manager Mike McCarthy said in a statement that his reporters had sought permission to enter the building, but understand that … Continue reading CNN apologises for entering site of deadly attack in Thailand

CNN cancels interview with Iranian president over headscarf demand

Veteran CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour cancelled an interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi after he demanded she wear a headscarf for their meeting in New York. Amanpour pointed out that no previous presidents had requested this when she interviewed them outside Iran. She says a Raisi aide told her it was because of “the situation in Iran”. The death of a woman detained in Iran for allegedly breaking headscarf rules has sparked violent unrest there. Mahsa Amini, 22, fell into a coma last week, hours after morality police arrested her. Officers reportedly beat Ms Amini’s head with a baton and … Continue reading CNN cancels interview with Iranian president over headscarf demand

Two journalists killed while reporting in Haiti

Two journalists were killed in the Haitian commune of Cité-Soleil on Sunday while reporting on the death of a 17-year-old teenage girl, a victim of gangs, local authorities confirmed. The two journalists, Feantzsen Charles and Tysson Lartigue, were killed and their bodies were later burned by armed criminals, the newspaper Realité Info reported. According to preliminary information, the two victims were part of a group of 7 journalists working for digital media, who traveled to Cité-Soleil to conduct an interview with the parents of the 17-year-old girl killed by gunmen. However, they were attacked on their way back from the … Continue reading Two journalists killed while reporting in Haiti

Zambia’s Dingindaba Jonah Buyoya wins BBC News Komla Dumor award

Zambian TV and radio presenter Dingindaba Jonah Buyoya has won the 2022 BBC News Komla Dumor Award. At 25, Buyoya is the youngest recipient of the award, launched in 2015, and the first of the seven winners so far from southern Africa. He is currently a TV host and reporter with Diamond Television in Zambia, where he started work five years ago. The award was created to honour Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014. Buyoya follows in the footsteps of Victoria Rubadiri, Solomon Serwanjja, Waihiga Mwaura, Amina Yuguda, Didi Akinyelure and … Continue reading Zambia’s Dingindaba Jonah Buyoya wins BBC News Komla Dumor award

Indian police arrests Mohammed Zubair over tweets

Police in India have arrested the co-founder of a fact-checking website who has been a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Mohammed Zubair of Alt News has been accused of insulting religious beliefs on Twitter, a network of media organisations said. Opposition leaders and activists have condemned the arrest. They said it was a clear attempt by the Hindu-nationalist government to clamp down on those who expose hate speech. Mr Zubair recently highlighted comments of a spokesperson of the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a television debate. His tweet was widely shared and … Continue reading Indian police arrests Mohammed Zubair over tweets

Yemeni journalist killed in car blast in Aden

A Yemeni journalist was killed in a car explosion in Aden late on Wednesday, police said, in the latest incident of violence in Yemen’s southern port city. Initial investigations indicated that an explosive device had been planted on the car driven by Saber al-Haidari, according to a police statement published by the southern armed forces in Aden. The statement did not specify which media outlet Haidari, 40, worked for. Firefighters doused the charred wreckage of the car on a main street in Aden, which has seen an increase in violence in recent months. A car bombing in March killed a … Continue reading Yemeni journalist killed in car blast in Aden

Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, French BFMTV journalist killed in Ukraine

A French journalist working in Ukraine has been killed near the battle-hit city of Severodonetsk in the east. Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, 32, was covering an evacuation operation for broadcaster BFMTV when he died. Officials say he suffered a fatal wound to the neck after shrapnel pierced the armoured vehicle he was travelling in. His colleague Maxime Brandstaetter was also injured, report say. It was Mr Leclerc-Imhoff’s second trip to Ukraine to cover the war. He had been working for BFMTV for six years. Paying tribute to him online, BFMTV wrote: “This tragic event reminds us of the dangers faced by all … Continue reading Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, French BFMTV journalist killed in Ukraine