23.01.2021. USA. Larry King (photo), the longtime CNN host who became an icon through his interviews with countless newsmakers, has died. He was 87. King hosted "Larry King Live" on CNN for over 25 years, interviewing presidential candidates, celebrities, athletes, movie stars and everyday people. King had been hospitalized with Covid-19 in late December at Cedrars-Sinai in Los Angeles.
23.01.2021. BRASIL. Morreu na madrugada deste sábado, 23, o jornalista iguaçuense Plácido José de Oliveira (photo) aos 60 anos. O jornalista teve complicações da covid-19, e não resistiu e faleceu onde estava internado, no Hospital Costa Calvalcanti. Plácido auava no setor de turismo de Foz.
21.01.2021. COLOMBIA. Luto en el periodismo : Carlos Sepúlveda (photo) perdió la batalla contra el Covid-19. El conocido periodista quien dedicó más de 40 años de su vida a la radio falleció en Ibagué (Tolima) luego de permanecer varios días en unidad de cuidados intensivos.
20.01.2021. España/Chile. El periodista y escritor español Pedro Jesús Fernández (photo) falleció este martes a los 64 años de edad en Santiago de Chile, informaron a Efe fuentes de la Embajada de España en el país sudamericano. Fernández ocupaba el cargo de consejero de Información de la Embajada española en Chile y estuvo hospitalizado desde comienzos de noviembre del año pasado debido a unas complicaciones pulmonares causadas por la covid-19 que finalmente acabaron con su vida. Además de su labor como funcionario del Estado, Fernández colaboraba en el diario El País en su sección de Viajes, en la que publicó numerosos artículos.
20.01.2021. BRASIL. Norian Segatto, diretor da Federação Nacional de Jornalistas (Fenaj) e membro do Conselho Fiscal do
SJSP, afirma que os dados preliminares apurados pelo Departamento de Saúde da Fenaj apontam até o dia 16 de janeiro, houve
71 mortes de jornalistas brasileiros, com crescimento da curva de mortes a partir de novembro. “Apenas nos 16 primeiros dias
de janeiro deste ano já superamos a marca de mortes de dezembro inteira, que foi o pior mês do ano de 2020. Neste início de
janeiro temos registros de 13 óbitos contra 12 de todo o mês de dezembro. É uma situação alarmante, ainda mais se
considerarmos que esses números ainda não correspondem à realidade, que, infelizmente, é pior”, constatou Segatto.
20.01.2021. BOLIVIA. El periodista y destacado catedrático de la Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA), Iván Miranda Balcazar (photo), falleció en las últimas horas debido a complicaciones en su salud como consecuencia de Covid-19. También fue responsable del Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencia Política, director del Centro de Alto Rendimiento Académico, ocupó la Dirección de Televisión Universitaria de la UMSA, fue presidente de la Red Universitaria Boliviana de Información (RUBI), vicepresidente de la Federación Latinoamericana de Periodistas y secretario ejecutivo de la Federación de Trabajadores de la Prensa de Bolivia.
20.01.2021. MEXICO. El periodista y ex dirigente boxístico Martiniano Cruz (photo), falleció este fin de semana en su natal Cuautla, tras más de siete décadas de vida, víctima de Covid-19. Martiniano, además de dedicarse a la docencia, fue periodista deportivo, labor que desempeñó al colaborar en diversos medios de comunicación, entre ellos El Sol de Cuautla en la década de los 80, y el ESTO, el diario de los deportistas.
- El periodista, empresario y filántropo tlaxcalteca, Sergio Eduardo Hernández Muñoz, de 49 años de edad, perdió la batalla contra la Covid-19 la tarde de este sábado 16 de enero al resentir complicaciones respiratorias. Antes del año 2000 ingresó a Televisa como reportero de la Sección de Espectáculos, donde permaneció por más de una década, para luego pasar por breves periodos en Tv Azteca y Telemundo.
19.01.2021. TURKEY. 20 journalists lost their lives due to the outbreak of coronavirus in 10 months in Turkey. With a letter
sent to the Minister of Health Koca, TGS (Journalists’ Union of Turkey) asked journalists to be given priority in the Covid-19
19.01.2021. MEXICO. ARTICLE 19 MX. De abril del 2020 al día de hoy, tenemos
conocimiento que 82 periodistas han fallecido a causa del Covid19; 73 hombres y 9
mujeres (photo). La seguridad de periodistas, trabajadoras/es y personas
comunicadoras está particularmente en riesgo, porque se encuentran en las primeras
líneas para informar. Muchas personas periodistas han fallecido por falta de medidas
de protección adecuadas al realizar su trabajo. Por ello, llamamos al gobierno de
México y a las y los dueños de las empresas de comunicación asegurar la protección
y acceso a servicios de salud a fin de prevenir más contagios y decesos de periodistas
a causa del virus (via Twitter).
16.01.2021.RUSSIA. Press secretary of Russian Greenpeace Evgeny Usov (photo) dies from coronavirus in St. Petersburg. Petersburg journalist, spokesman for the Russian branch of Greenpeace, Evgeny Usov, died on Saturday, January 16, at the age of 58. According to the St. Petersburg Union of Journalists, the eco-activist fell ill on January 1 and was soon hospitalized in the hospital in St. Petersburg.
16.01.2021. UNITED KINGDOM. Trailblazing journalist and former Sunday People editor Bridget Rowe (photo) has passed away, aged 70. Bridget died on Tuesday after contracting Covid-19 in hospital, her son Peter Nolan said. Born in March 1950, Bridget rose to the top of Fleet Street when journalism was still very male-dominated. She worked at magazines including 19, Petticoat, Club, Look Now and Women’s World before joining The Sun as assistant editor. After stints as editor of the News of the World’s magazine Sunday, Woman’s Own and TV Times, Bridget became editor of the Sunday Mirror in 1991. So far, at least 19 other UK journalists have died of coronavirus according to an article published on January 15 in PressGazette. See:
15.01.2021. MEXICO. El periodista y exvocero nacional de Morena, Raul Correa Enguilo (photo) falleció a causa de complicaciones asociadas al covid 19. Funcionarios y periodistas lamentaron la muerte de quien fuera reportero en medios como El Universal, Uno más Uno y La Jornada. La Fraternidad de Reporteros de México lamentó el fallecimiento de quien fue uno de sus fundadores.
15.01.2021. SOUTH AFRICA. Covid-19 claim lives of 4 SA journalists in one week. The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) is mourning the deaths of four journalists who died in the past week from Covid-19 complications. SANEF has learnt with great sadness of the passing of Sunday Independent news editor and investigative journalist Solly Maphumulo (photo) ; Former Cape Argus photographer Enver Essop (54) ; resource coordinator in the SABC newsroom in KZN, Ismail Jinnah (65), and senior political journalist Knowldege Simelane of Ilanga Newspaper in KwaZulu-Natal (with the South African).
15.01.2021. BRASIL. O jornalista Fernando Soares (photo), de 53 anos, morreu na nesta quinta-feira (14) por complicações da Covid-19, em Campina Grande. Fernando se dedicou por alguns anos ao relacionamento com a imprensa por meio da Associação Comercial de Campina Grande. Também foi presidente da Associação Campinense de Imprensa (ACI). O jornalista atuou, ainda, como assessor de comunicação da Federação das Câmaras de Dirigentes Lojistas da Paraíba (FCDL-PB).
15.01.2021. RUSSIA. On January 15, a famous sports journalist Valery Malko (photo) died at the age of 56 in Togliatti. He worked as a commentator on the main sporting events of the city, was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Sports Review of the Samara Province", the author and host of the "Fan Club" program. In December last year, in social networks, he announced that he was admitted to the hospital with a coronavirus.
15.01.2021. MEXICO. Más de seis periodistas mexiquenses han fallecido por COVID-19 en lo que va de enero: Francisco Javier Maldonado Muñoz (photo) periodista destacado en Querétaro ; Rosa linda García Rocha quien ejerció periodismo en el Valle de Toluca ; Manuel Macías Vázquez quien ejerció periodismo en Ecatepec ; Alfonso Torres que desempeñó su trabajo en el Valle de México ; José Luis Arzate Chávez, fotógrafo ; Santos Sánchez Albarrán, reportero del periódico “El Informante” (with asisucede.com)
15.01.2021. UKRAINE. According to the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU), 14 media workers have died from the coronavirus in Ukraine so far. Mostly these are people from the risk group, retirement age. But, according to the head of the NSJU, Sergei Tomilenko, young media workers also died.
13.01.2021. BRASIL. Jornalista que escreveu próprio obituário antes de ser intubado morre em Manaus. O jornalista Israel Pinheiro, 38 anos de idade, morreu ontem, vítima da covid-19. Ele era assessor do vereador Raulzinho (PSDB) e atuava como repórter no Blog da Amazônia. Atuava também como líder comunitário na Zona Norte de Manaus. Seu núcleo de atuação eram os bairros Terra Nova e Novo Israel.
- O jornalista e radialista André Luiz de Oliveira, de 59 anos, faleceu nesta madrugada de quarta-feira, dia 13. A confirmação foi feita pela família. Ele estava internado no hospital de Florianópolis, em Santa Catarina, houve suspeita de Covid-19 e teste foram aplicados.
12.01.2021. USA. Thomas Blackburn, who joined NCR as assistant news editor in 1965 and remained a regular columnist and contributor into the 1990s, died in Florida on Jan. 2 from complications of COVID-19. He was 86. After leaving NCR, Blackburn wrote for New Jersey's Trenton Times, followed by the Miami News and finally The Palm Beach Post, according to his obituary in the latter publication.
11.01.2020. BRASIL. O jornalista Stanley Gusman (photo) morreu na noite deste domingo, 10, aos 49 anos, após ter complicações relacionadas à Covid-19. O apresentador da TV Alterosa, afiliada do SBT em Minas Gerais, estava internado em estado grave devido ao coronavírus na UTI do Hospital Villa da Serra, em Belo Horizonte.
10.01.2020. SPAIN. Muere la periodista valenciana Maria Amparo Peris Pallardó. Fue redactora de Radio Nacional de España, pertenecía a Mujeres Periodistas del Mediterráneo y era académica de la RACV por Rocafort.
10.01.2020. BRASIL. O jornalista e produtor Raphael Acioli (photo), de 36 anos, morreu no Recife no domingo (10). O profissional, que foi assessor de artistas como Wesley Safadao e Joelma, estava internado há 46 dias no Hospital Memorial São José e, de acordo com a família, o falecimento ocorreu por insuficiência renal e hepática, agravadas pela Covid-19.
10.01.2021. ITALIA. Ha combattuto per giorni, poi le sue condizioni di sono aggravate. Il Covid ha fermato per sempre il cuore di Giuseppe Catania (photo), decano del giornalismo vastese. Il 3 gennaio aveva compiuto 91 anni. Nato nel 1930, in provincia di Messina, si era trasferito a Vasto con la famiglia nel 1943. Per oltre 60 anni, ha raccontato con i suoi articoli la vita vastese.
09.01.2020. PERU. El reconocido periodista deportivo y exdirigente del Juventud Perú, José Ricardo Alfaro (photo), partió a la eternidad causa del nuevo coronavirus. El integrante del Círculo de Periodistas Deportivos del Perú-Filial La Libertad estuvo internado en el Hospital de Alta Complejidad “Virgen de La Puerta” de La Esperanza. El periodismo liberteño y deportivo está de luto en Trujillo. “Lobito” se convierte en el sexto periodista de la región La Libertad que fallece a causa del Covid-19.
08.01.2021. PERU. En horas de la noche del pasado viernes 8 de enero, se dio a conocer la lamentable noticia del fallecimiento de Dante Mateo (73), recordado periodista y narrador deportivo que cautivó con su voz en varios goles de la Selección Peruana y clubes del torneo peruano. Según información de RPP, medio en el que laboró por varios años, todo hace indicar que la causa del fallecimiento del recordado narrador deportivo fue debido a complicaciones por la COVID-19.
07.01.2021. UNITED KINGDOM. Prominent Somali Journalist Dies of Covid-19 in UK. Ahmed Abdi Nur, one of the most famous Somali journalist has died in London, England on Wednesday. Ahmed Abdi Nur was one of the journalists who worked for Radio Mogadishu and also worked for the BBC Somali Service. His wife confirmed to the media he died after contracting Covid-19 pandemic. He joined the BBC Somali in June 1996. He was born in 1955 in the town of Elbur in the Galgadud region and completed his university education in Mogadishu. He retired from BBC Somali Service in early 2019.
07.01.2021. RUSSIA. Igor Saskov, (photo), a well-known journalist in the region, suddenly died in Abakan at the age of 48. The death of Igor Saskov was reported today by the 19rus.info news agency, where he worked as an editor. On Saturday, January 2, Saskov was admitted to the Abakan hospital. On Tuesday, January 5, he was transferred to an artificial respiration apparatus. On Thursday morning, January 7, Igor Saskov died.
07.01.2021. BRASIL. Jornalista Izinha Toscano (photo) morre aos 31 anos vítima de Covid-19. Com uma carreira premiada no jornalismo amazonense, Izinha foi finalista nos prêmios ‘Milton Cordeiro’ e também da Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Amazonas (Fapeam), quando ganhou na modalidade Estudante da categoria Internet, em 2013. Ex-repórter do Portal Amazônia, ela se destacou também no mesmo ano no Prêmio Onça Pintada, com reportagens sobre sustentabilidade na Amazônia.
- O jornalismo alagoano perdeu Ailton Carlos de Lima Villanova, que morreu aos 79 anos por complicações da covid-19. O jornalista estava internado há dias e faleceu na noite dessa quinta-feira (7). Pelas redes sociais, o filho de Ailton, Leo Villanova lamentou a morte do pai e agradeceu o apoio de familiares e amigos.
06.01.2021. BRASIL. Marco Antônio Viezzer (photo), faleceu, aos 76 anos, na madrugada desta quarta-feira (6), no Hospital Arcanjo São Miguel, em Gramado. Marcão comandou o jornal Nova Época, desde 1986 até 1999, quando fundou o Jornal de Canela, seguindo na função de diretor do veículo de comunicação até meados de 2010. Por alguns anos, foi responsável pelo único jornal impresso de Canela. Ainda, Viezzer assumiu o comando da Associação de Diários e Jornais do Interior, a Adjori, e foi presidente do PDT canelense.
06.01.2021. BRASIL. O jornalista Adão Nereu (photo), de 62 anos, morreu na noite de terça-feira (5) após contrair Covid-19, em Bauru (SP). Adão fez carreira em Bauru, onde foi apresentador durante 15 anos do Globo Esporte na TV Globo Oeste Paulista, atual TV TEM, no tempo em que o programa era gravado na cidade. Na cidade, Nereu também trabalhou no Diário de Bauru, Jornal da Cidade e foi assessor na Câmara de Vereadores. Depois, passou pela TV Fronteira, em Presidente Prudente, e TV TEM, em Jundiaí.
06.01.2021. COLOMBIA. Periodistas, productores, grabadores y personal de radio, acompañados de autoridades, expresaron las condolencias a la familia de Danilo Salgado Gracia (photo) quien murió tras su contagio con el coronavirus. Salgado Gracia, de 61 años, era una persona apreciada en la actividad radial en la que prestó servicios en Todelar y Radio Cadena Nacional (RCN), en la que completaba más de 30 años.
04.01.2011. BRASIL. Jornalista Agnaldo Oliveira (photo) morre vítima de Covid-19, em Manaus. Ele foi repórter na Rede Amazônica e gerente de jornalismo do canal de televisão Amazonsat. Foi vencedor de vários prêmios de jornalismo.
04.01.2021. COLOMBIA. «El palabrero de la radio», el periodista guajiro que murió por COVID-19. Enrique Herrera (photo), uno de los communicadores más reconocidos del departamento, luchó durante 21 días por sobrevivir a la enfermedad. Como un defensor de lo justo, apático a la corrupción, soñador con una Guajira diferente y crítico de los gobiernos es recordado Enrique Herrera.
01.01.2021. BRASIL. Na manhã deste dia 01 de janeiro, foi confirmada a morte da jornalista Ananda Valente (photo), de 30 anos, mais uma vítima da Covid-19. De acordo com as primeiras informações, Ananda, que era assessora de imprensa do Centro Universitário de Volta Redonda (Unifoa), estava internada no Hospital Regional desde o último dia 17 e na madrugada desta sexta-feira acabou não resistindo.
01.01.2021. MEXICO. Dos más. El comunicador y periodista Carlos Félix Gaxiola (photo), falleció el primer día de el 2021 víctima del Covid-19. El deceso de quien fuera colaborador de El Sol de Cuernavaca y El Sol de Cuautla, deja consternación en el periodismo morelense al que sirvió con profesionalismo durante por lo menos 30 años. Félix fue docente de niveles medio superior y superior, y contribuyó a la formación de generaciones de periodistas que expresaron su duelo a través de redes sociales desde que se conoció la noticia por la tarde de este viernes. Para el 31 de diciembre tambien murió Rigo Alemán reportero de la zona sur del Estado.
05.01.2021. PEC press release. More than 600 journalists died of Covid-19 in 59 countries in ten months in 2020, that is to say 60 per month, or two per day on average, announced Tuesday in Geneva the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) // Plus de 600 journalistes sont morts du Covid-19 dans 59 pays en dix mois en 2020, soit 60 par mois, ou deux par jour en moyenne, a annoncé mardi à Genève la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) // Más de 600 periodistas murieron por la Covid-19 en 59 países en diez meses en 2020 (o sea 60 por mes, o dos por día), en promedio, anunció la Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC) este martes // Comunicado de imprensa PEC: Mais de 600 jornalistas morreram de Covid-19 em dez meses em 2020.
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31.12.2020. BRASIL. Após 22 dias lutando contra a covid-19, o jornalista Guilherme Villalba
Zurutuza Filho (photo) morreu na noite de ontem (30), no hospital El Kadri, em Campo
Grande. Ele havia completado 64 anos no dia 23 de dezembro, quando já estava internado.
Conhecido em toda imprensa regional, Guilherme Filho trabalhou no extinto Diário da Serra,
comandou a comunicação do governo do Estado durante as gestões dos ex-governadores
Wilson Martins e André Puccinelli. No início do ano o jornalista assumiu a direção de jornalismo da CBN Campo Grande.
31.12.2020. BRASIL. O jornalista e escritor Gustavo Roman (photo) morreu aos 45 anos de idade nesta quarta-feira, 30, em decorrência de complicações da Covid-19. O comentarista e narrador do DAZN no Brasil permanecia internado nos Estados Unidos desde o mês de novembro e publicava nas redes sociais o avanço do tratamento contra a doença.
29.12.2020. ITALIA. Ancora due altre vittime del covid-19 in Italia. E' morta per Covid Livia Giustolisi (69 anni, photo), giornalista, prima a Repubblica, poi ad Epoca e quindi per 30 anni alla Rai. Livia è stata anche motore del premio 'Giustizia e Libertà' intitolato al padre Franco, firma storica del giornalismo d'inchiesta, inviato speciale di Paese Sera, L'Ora di Palermo, Il Giorno, Tv7 e a lungo firma dell'Espresso, autore fra l'altro del saggio "L'armadio della vergogna" sulla stragi naziste in Italia.
In Campania questa volta la vittima si chiamava Mario Anzevino, aveva 44 anni, ed era un professore in una scuola di Afragola, in provincia di Napoli, e anche giornalista pubblicista e navigator della Regione Campania. Mario aveva contratto il covid all’inizio del mese di dicembre.
29.12.2020. MEXICO. Muere la periodista Martha Acevedo (photo) por Covid-19. Martha Acevedo trabajó en diversos medios, entre ellos, en El Sol de León, donde fue editora. La periodista que dirigía el portal Avenida Digital, Martha Acevedo, murió la tarde de este martes
a consecuencia del Covid-19. Esta información la dio a conocer su hija Vera Acevedo mediante
una publicación de Facebook.
28.12.2020. MEXICO. A través de un comunicado se informó sobre el fallecimiento de Luis Enrique Mercado Sánchez (photo), quien fungía como director de Imagen Zacatecas y de la radiodifusora La Voz. Se supo, que el periodista zacatecano había sido hospitalizad debido a complicaciones asociadas al Covid-19, y que lamentablemente hoy perdió la vida. Fue el pasado 11 de diciembre cuando por medio de sus redes sociales había escrito un emotivo mensaje para despedir a su hermana Susana, quien también murió a causa del virus.
28.12.2020. ECUADOR. César Burgos Flor (photo), maestro de un sinnúmero de periodistas y comunicadores guayaquileños, murió a sus 75 años, la madrugada del 27 de diciembre por complicaciones de COVID-19. Burgos, licenciado en Ciencias de la Educación y en Comunicación Social por la Universidad de Guayaquil (Premio Contenta), quien se desempeñó como cronista y redactor en las revistas Vistazo y La Otra, y en el diario La Razón, fue internado en el Omni Hospital hace más de quince días.
27.12.2020. USA. El periodista hondureño Marvin Sandoval (photo) murió este domingo en la ciudad de Nueva York, Estados Unidos, tras perder la batalla contra el Covid-19, información confirmada por su colega Eduardo Solano. El hondureño Marvin Sandoval laboró para la cadena estadounidense ESPN Deportes Radio y en Ronda Deportiva.
27.12.2020. MEXICO. Víctima de covid-19, este sábado murió el periodista radiofónico Virgilio Edison Solís (photo), de 47 años, quien durante más de dos décadas ejerció la labor informativa a través de estaciones del grupo Radiorama en esta entidad. Originario de Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, el periodista llegó a Colima a finales de la década de los 90, donde además de la actividad en la radio, también condujo temporalmente un programa televisivo en el Canal 51 de Telecable, del municipio de Tecomán. Edison Solís actualmente conducía en la capital del estado el noticiero Noticias en el Blanco, en la radioemisora La Bestia Grupera.
26.12.2020. MEXICO. Víctimas de Covid 19, este viernes fallecieron en Tijuana el periodista Manuel Suárez Soto (photo) y el empresario Luis González, padre del alcalde Arturo González Cruz. Durante la mañana, el conductor del programa matutino "Usted tiene la palabra" de la cadena PSN, murió luego de permanecer siete días en un centro hospitalario. De 70 años de edad, Suárez Soto estuvo frente al micrófono por más de cuatro décadas.
25.12.2020. ZIMBABWE. Veteran Journalist Dongozi Died From Covid-19. There are strong indications late Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (Zuj) secretary general Foster Dongozi (photo) died of Covid-19. The veteran journalist died at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare on Wednesday. Latest developments have linked Dongozi’s death to Covid-19. He was 48.
23.12.2020. MEXICO. El reconocido periodista Guillermo Wong Saavedra (photo) falleció el 23 de diciembre en la ciudad de Veracruz, tras luchar contra los síntomas de la covid-19 durante varios días. Guillermo Wong deja tras de sí una larga trayectoria periodística, en la que incursionó tanto en el público nacional como estatal, ya que fungió por varios años como jefe de prensa en Televisa Radio. Asimismo, fue director de noticieros en Telever y posteriormente de forma independiente en el medio de comunicación que comandaba junto a su esposa, la periodista Aracely Baizabal.
22.12.2020. BANGLADESH. Veteran journalist and freedom fighter Khondaker Ataul Haque passed away on Tuesday. He was 73. The acting editor of fortnightly Alor Michil breathed his last while undergoing treatment at Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital on Tuesday afternoon. He was admitted to the hospital on December 13 with fever and had later tested positive for COVID-19.
21.12.2020. ITALIA. Covid-19 : è morto Francesco Minnini (63 anni, photo), storico collaboratore del settimanale «Toscana Oggi», dopo aver lottato per oltre un mese e mezzo. Iscritto all’ ordine dei giornalisti dal 1982 aveva collaborato con diverse riviste et quotidiani tra cui «La rivista del cinematografo», «Avvenire», «Espressione giovani» et «Punti di riferimento». Sin dalla fondazione, nel 1983, e ancora prima con «L’Osservatore Toscano», curava la critica cinematografica per «Toscano Oggi».
21.12.2020. COLOMBIA. Murió Marco Tulio Quintero, reconocido periodista y locutor santandereano, por Covid-19. En el Hospital de San Gil falleció este domingo el reconocido periodista y locutor santandereano, Marco Tulio Quintero, tras permanecer durante varios días en la unidad de cuidados intensivos luchando contra el Covid-19. Hay luto en Santander por la muerte de Marco Tulio Quintero, cuya voz se extendió por toda la provincia guanentina en su trabajo en la emisora La Caliente 1330 y el canal de televisión local, Telesangil.
18.12.2020. ITALY. 34 journalists have been killed in Italy by the coronavirus. Colleagues, professionals
and publicists, who died following the Sars-Cov2 infection. A sad list that we believe it is our duty to
publish to emphasize that even journalists are at the forefront of the war against a virus that does not
discount anyone. These the journalists victims of Covid-19 in Italy according to giornalistitalia.it:
Giovanni Bartoloni, 51 anni (Roma), Riccardo Bellentani, 69 anni (Bergamo), Maurizio Centini, 71 anni (Massa), Roberto Consiglio, 82 anni (Foggia), Beppe Del Colle, 89 anni (Torino), Rino Felappi, 96 anni (Milano), Ettore Franca, 78 anni (Pesaro), Carlo Franco, 82 anni (Napoli), Franco Galelli, 55 anni (Brescia), Luigi Ioele, 80 anni (Roma), Massimo Mainardi, 78 anni (Pesaro), Gianluca Mannato, 44 anni (Benevento), Raffaele Masto, 66 anni (Milano), Rosario Mazzitelli, 71 anni (Napoli), Luciano Mecarozzi, 80 anni (Udine), Lidia Menapace, 96 anni (Bolzano), Paolo Micai, 60 anni (Genova), Gianni Molè, 61 anni (Ragusa), Stefano Montomoli, 69 anni (Siena), Nestore Morosini, 83 anni (Milano), Luciano Pellicani, 81 anni (Roma), Sergio Perego, 72 anni (Lecco), Mario Proto, 67 anni (Roma), Gaetano Rebecchini, 95 anni (Roma), Mons. Vincenzo Rini, 75 anni (Cremona), Francesco Ruotolo, 74 anni (Napoli), Marcello Sanzo, 85 anni (Novara), Giuseppe Scaccianoce (Pino Scaccia), 74 anni (Roma), Angelo Sferrazza, 84 anni (Roma), Vincenzo Trapella, 87 anni, Codigoro (Ferrara), Claudio Traversa, 54 anni (operatore tv, Bari), Lillo Venezia, 70 anni (Catania), Roberto Vitali, 74 anni (Bergamo), Tony Zermo, 89 anni (Catania)
and he was hospitalized with respiratory problems. He used to work for ARY News, Neo TV, Samaa TV and Hum News.
16.12.2020. ARGENTINA. Son horas de tristeza y desconsuelo en Tucuman porque, este lunes y luego de darle pelea al coronavirus, el periodista, conductor televisivo y locutor radial, Carlos Rojkés (photo), falleció en la capital de la provincia. El histórico y tradicional presentador del programa "A las 7" se había contagiado de Covid-19 y se encontraba hospitalizado desde hace varios días, pero finalmente no consiguió superar el grave cuadro en el que estaba inmerso y murió a los 69 años.
15.12.2020. USA. Longtime Alaska journalist Rosemary Shinohara died of complications from the coronavirus on Dec. 13 in Anchorage. She was 73. After a stop in the Midwest, Shinohara embarked on a career that spanned more than 40 as a reporter and editor documenting Alaska, mostly at the Anchorage Daily News. She wrote about land-use planning and public transportation, traffic plans and taxes, local elections, parks, housing and arcane neighborhood disputes.
15.12.2020. AZERBAIJAN. Journalist Rashad Suleimanov dies of coronavirus. Founder and
editor-in-chief of the military-technological magazine Azeri Defense, renowned journalist
Rashad Suleimanov (photo), has died of coronavirus.
Vijayamohan lately settled in the national capital.
13.12.2020. RUSSIA. Poetess and journalist from Cherepovets Tatiana Zhmaylo (photo)
dies of coronavirus. Tatyana Zhmaylo is the author of the poetry books "G Minor",
"The Alphabet of Rain", a member of the Union of Russian Writers. She lived in the city
of metallurgists and worked as a journalist for the Voice of Cherepovets newspaper.
13.12.2020. BRASIL. Mais três jornalistas morreram de coronavírus. O jornalista Alexandre Nunes
- O jornalismo regional do Campo das Vertentes perdeu ontem (13/12) a figura do jornalista Alair Xavier, proprietário do site de notícias AFX Notícias. O comunicador estava internado há quase dois meses com COVID-19. De acordo com informações, Alair teve complicações decorrentes da doença e não resistiu.
- Na madruga desta quinta-feira, 10, faleceu vítima de Covid o Jornalista Edenir Silva. Edenir tinha 59 anos, dois filhos e ficou 12 dias internado em busca de recuperação das complicações da COVID-19. O jornalista, que sempre teve como maior característica ser um profissional polêmico no meio jornalístico, trabalhou por alguns anos aqui na Rádio Sintonia de Ituporanga e por várias vezes também aqui na Capital da Cebola ficou a frente da assessoria de Imprensa da Prefeitura do município.
12.12.2020. MEXICO. La mañana de este 12 de diciembre se dio a conocer el fallecimiento en Hermosillo de Alán Aviña (photo), quien trabajaba como reportero en la televisora nacional TV Azteca, a causa del Covid-19. A través de redes sociales se comenzó a difundir la información; mientras que sus compañeros del medio organizaron una colecta para ayudar a la familia del reportero y cubrir los gastos funerarios.
12.12.2020. TURKEY. The correspondent of the Qatari Al-Jazeera channel in Turkey, the Palestinian-jordanian journalist Omar Khashram (photo, 57 years), died, on Saturday in Ankara, of his infection with the Coronavirus. Through their Twitter accounts, Khashram’s colleagues on Al-Jazeera took turns to mourn his death, praising his track record of media coverage. Khashram was a correspondent for Al-Jazeera in Syria during the early years of the revolution, before he became its correspondent in Turkey since 2014. Khashram was hit directly by shrapnel that lodged in one of his lungs while covering the Syrian revolution in Aleppo in 2012. His career spanned more than 40 years, and his work varied between television, radio and the written press. He joined Al-Jazeera in 2004, and participated in numerous field and war coverage in Turkey, Syria, Libya, Azerbaijan and other regions of the world. The last field coverage in the fighting areas was during the war that broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia last September, when he was on the ground, and a video clip was published at the time documenting his survival during the clashes (with Al-Jazeera).
11.12.2020. AFGHANISTAN. Well-known Afghan writer and media activist Rahnaward Zaryab has died from COVID-19 at a hospital in Kabul. He was 76. Zaryab was hospitalized recently after testing positive for the coronavirus and passed away early on December 11, his colleague Lotfullah Najafizada said on Twitter. Zaryab is regarded as the most influential contemporary writer in Afghanistan and had been working as editor in chief of Tolo TV, the country's largest broadcaster.
08.12.2020. RUSSIA. Semyon Chasovskikh, a lawyer and journalist from Gubkin, died. Information appeared in social
networks that he died of coronavirus. The man was 33 years old.
06.12.2020. SOUTH AFRICA. 25 journalists died due to Covid-19 in Africa since March, a huge difference with Latin America (280 dead). African journalists have a better experience dealing with epidemics, said PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen on the South African radio (SABC News): https://iono.fm/e/966945
05.12.2020. MEXICO. El fotoperiodista Alejandro Sánchez Rodríguez (photo), colaborador de La Verdad y profesor de la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ), murió la tarde de este viernes. Tenía 59 años. Familiares confirmaron que falleció en el Hospital General de Ciudad Juárez, donde era atendido por problemas de salud que se complicaron con síntomas de probable COVID-19. Durante su carrera como fotoperiodista laboró para Semanario Ahora, El Diario de Juárez, Norte de Ciudad Juárez, Newsweek, Presencia Diocesana y en La Verdad desde junio de 2018. Su trabajo se exhibió de manera simultánea en varios países. Recientemente fue incluido en la exposición ‘100 imágenes’ que se montó en Rusia, Perú y Polonia.
04.12.2020. RUSSIA. Radio journalist Alexei Zakhartsev died after fighting the coronavirus, the Union of Journalists of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region reported on Thursday. Alexei was only 53 years old. The Union expressed condolences to the family and friends of Zakhartsev.
03.12.2020. INDIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the statement of the Press Council of India (PCI) urging the Indian Union government and province administrations to recognize the journalists, who died of Covid-19, as corona warriors like the practicing doctors and other essential health staff and provide them with the same benefits. In a letter to the Centre and all state governments as well as union territories, adopted in a unanimous resolution, the Press Council of India (PCI) also called for framing and implementing a group insurance scheme for journalists in line with the schemes already made by the Haryana government. So far, 51 journalists died from Covid-19 in India.
03.12.2020. México. Tres periodistas más murieron por Covid en México. Jesús Luis-Morán
photo), quien fue galardonado con la presea Estado de México en 2019, fallece por Covid-19
a los 47 anos de etad. La cotidianidad con las que los periodistas salen a la calle en medio de
una pandemia y, en muchas ocasiones, sin los recursos para poder protegerse, deja en evidencia
la vulnerabilidad con la que hacen su trabajo, expusieron sus compañeros.
Ricardo Gámez Ponce, pionero de la información policiaca en la televisión de Aguascalientes, sucumbió el pasado martes ante el Covid-19 con apenas 54 años. Con un estilo que al instante capturaba al televidente, el periodista Ricardo Gámez Ponce se hizo de un muy merecido sitio en la nota roja de Aguascalientes. A través de Trecevisa e Informa2, en los años 90, posteriormente en Cable Canal y, más recientemente en sus propias redes sociales y página web, reportómiles de hechos policiacos.
La crónica deportiva de Mexicali está de luto, pues este miércoles falleció el periodista de deportes, Manuel Ramos Saldamando, debido a complicaciones de salud generadas por el coronavirus. Nacido en Hermosillo, Sonora, pero radicado en Mexicali desde 1953, Ramos Saldamando tuvo una trayectoria de 60 años en los medios de comunicación, donde fue reportero y columnista de Periódico La Crónica.
02.12.2020. UGANDA. A renown radio presenter and former RDC for Lyantonde district Sulaiman Tiguragara Matojo (photo) has 1st Dec. passed on at Mulago hospital. Matojo who has been working with Crooze Fm succumbed to COVID 19 according to sources. Sources say that Tiguragara was admitted at Mulago hospital after he collapsed from his office on Friday 27th Nov.2020. Tiguragara a Publicist Ankole Cultural Trust, Coordinator NRM Journalists Network worked with Radio Uganda in 1980 where he was a newscaster, a producer and his most favorite programs were Africa Special, a replica of BBC Focus on Africa.
02.12.2020. BRASIL. Morreu na madrugada desta segunda-feira (30), aos 83 anos, o fotógrafo Sergio Jorge (photo), um dos grandes ícones da fotografia brasileira. Ele estava internado há mais de duas semanas, num hospital de São Paulo com diagnosticado de Covid-19 e sua passagem foi confirmada pelo seu filho, através das redes socais. Sergio Jorge teve uma carreira brilhante com passagens pelas redações do "O Dia" e "A Gazeta" entre décadas de 1950 e 1960, e pela revista "Manchete" nas décadas de 1960 e 1970. Sergio usou sua câmera para registrar momentos marcantes da história brasileira como o milésimo gol do Pelé, a inauguração de Brasília, as primeiras corridas no Autódromo de Interlagos, a demarcação territorial brasileira no Polo Sul, a construção da rodovia Belém-Brasília, entre outros.
Morreu na manhã desta terça-feira (1º) o jornalista e secretário da Administração e Fazenda de Colinas, Alécio Weizenmann, aos 68 anos. O jornalista teria testado negativo para Covid-19 na última semana, quando ainda estava trabalhando. No último domingo (29) ele teve complicações respiratórias e internou no Hospital São José, de Arroio do Meio, onde veio a falecer por volta das 7h desta terça. Ele era colunista do Jornal O Alto Taquari, de Arroio do Meio.
01.12.2020. Nearly 500 journalists have died from Covid-19 in 56 countries in nine months, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) said in its monthly report on Tuesday. During the month of November, 47 more media workers succumbed to the coronavirus, compared to 22 known deaths in October // Casi 500 periodistas han muerto a causa de la Covid-19 en 56 países durante nueve meses, dijo el martes la Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC, por sus siglas en inglés) en su informe mensual sobre la cuestión. Durante el mes de noviembre, 47 trabajadores de los medios más sucumbieron al coronavirus, en comparación con las 22 muertes conocidas en octubre // Près de 500 journalistes sont morts du Covid-19 dans 56 pays en neuf mois, a affirmé mardi la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) dans son rapport mensuel. Au cours du mois de novembre, 47 travailleurs des medias de plus ont succombé au coronavirus, contre 22 décès connus en octobre.
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28.11.2020. IRAN. Iranian sports journalist Arash Rostamnamadi (photo) has died on Saturday after contracting COVID-19. He passed away at the age of 44 in his hometown Ardabil, northwest Iran. Rostamnamadi started his professional career in Mehr news agency and also worked at Iranian sports newspaper Iran Varzeshi, Khbar Varzeshi and Gol.
26.11.2020. MEXICO. Periodista aguerrida, crítica, la colega Claudia Sánchez Juárez (photo), de 39 años de edad, murió este día. Apenas hace unos cuantos días había muerto su padre y ahora ella víctima de Covid-19. Severa en sus juicios y en sus cuestionamientos, pero muy profesional, asi se destacaba Claudia Sánchez desde sus inicios en el periodismo, primero en los medios impresos como El Heraldo y El Diario, luego en los medios digitales, primero en Radiza donde prestó sus servicios por varios años y posteriormente a partir de julio creando su propio portal de noticias - Claudia Noticias - donde sobresalía por sus crónicas en directo a través de las redes sociales y por sus notas siempre críticas.
26.11.2020. INDIA. Another Indian journalist dies of Covid-19: so far 51 journalists died of Covid-19 in India. New Delhi based senior journalist Rajiv Katara (60, photo) died of novel coronavirus on 26 November at a private hospital where he was undergoing treatment after testing positive for novel coronavirus infection. A well-known name of Hindi journalism, Katara lately worked for Kadambini, a social and literary magazine published by Hindustan Times Group. Hailed from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh and an alumni of Delhi University, Katara was earlier associated with different publications like Chouthi Duniya, Sunday Observer and Dainik Jagaran.
24.11.2020. USA. Longtime Reno news anchor Brent Boynton (photo) died of coronavirus on Tuesday. He was 64. Boynton, a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, spent more than three decades in TV news, including stints at both KTVN and KOLO. Boynton most recently worked as a community outreach coordinator for the Reno Housing Authority. The Emmy-nominated television journalist also served as communications director for former Gov. Jim Gibbons.
24.11.2020. PARAGUAY. El periodista deportivo Javier Sosa Briganti (photo) falleció este martes por coronavirus (Covid-19), según informaron sus colegas del canal en el que trabajaba. Recientemente también falleció su hija Natalia a causa del Covid-19. Muchos de sus colegas expresaron su tristeza a través de las redes sociales y enviaron fuerza a la familia.
24.11.2020. ARGENTINA. Gerardo René Nieva, periodista radicado en el departamento El Alto, falleció anoche en el Hospital Monovalente Carlos Malbrán. Había contraído la enfermedad del coronavirus hace unos días, e incluso supo salir por radio contando de las buenas atenciones recibidas en el Monovalente.
21.11.2020. MEXICO. Dos periodistas más sucumbieron al covid en México. Falleció por covid-19 el periodista
Alfredo Mena (photo). Con 59 años de edad y más de 40 años de experiencia como reportero, "el señor Mena"
dejó un legado perdurable en los medios de comunicadión de esta frontera, luego de su trayectoría dentro de
periódicos como Norte, El Diario y por último el Heraldo de Juárez.
Juan José Dórame Castillo, periodista y productor televisivo falleció 21 de noviembre en el hospital del IMSS, donde luchaba contra el Covid-19 en Culiacán, Sinaloa. Falleció ayer luego de estar hospitalizado durante varios días, y conectado a un respirador artificial.
20.11.2020. INDIA. One more Indian journalist dies of Covid-19. Senior journalist Pankaj Shukla (photo, 50), based in Noida near New Delhi, died of Covid-19 at JP Hospital last night (20 November 2020). Hailed from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, Shukla studied at Allahabad University. He used to work for various media outlets like Amar Ujala, Dainik Jagaran, Janmat TV, Khabar Bharti, News 30, News Express. Lately Shukla launched his own you tube channel Rajsatta Express where he worked as its editor-in-chief.
18.11.2020. USA. Eleanor Schano, Trailblazing Journalist in Pittsburgh, Dies at 88. Ms. Schano rose from “weather girl” to reporter to anchor in firsts for the city. She died of Covid-19. In the male-dominated world of broadcast news in the 1950s and ‘60s, Eleanor Schano became the first solo woman television news anchor in Pittsburgh. It was only one of several television firsts by Ms. Schano in that city during a six-decade career.
17.11.2020. Journalist Deaths from COVID-19 Rise Seven-Fold; Nearly 500 Dead Worldwide (Global Investigative Journalism Network).
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17.11.2020. INDIA. One more Indian journalist dies of Covid-19. Delhi-based senior journalist Rakesh Taneja (51, photo) passed away at a Faridabad hospital late night on Monday. According to reports, he had recovered from COVID-19 few days back but developed post-COVID complications and was hospitalised. Hailing from Hisar in Haryana, Rakesh earned a name for himself with his Reporting on Crime and Legal beats in the National Capital. He had worked in senior positions with Zee News, Amar Ujala and Dainik Bhaskar.
14.11.2020. ARGENTINA. Falleció por Covid-19 el periodista Carlos González (photo). Trabajó en varios medios de comunicación y la prensa del Gobierno de La Pampa. Tenía 65 años. Hacía tres semanas que se encontraba internado por presentar patología respiratoria Covid-19 positivo.
Coronavirus en San Luis: la indignante muerte de un trabajador de los medios que deja en evidencia al Comité de Crisis. Se trata del operador de radio Horacio Cejas, que sufría obesidad y no recibió atención del sistema de salud. Vecinos escucharon los desesperantes gritos de pedido de ayuda porque no podía respirar. Era un joven de 25 años, del programa La Tarde Cadena de Noticias.
12.11.2020. BRASIL. Informamos com profunda tristeza o falecimento, no início desta tarde, 10 de novembro de 2020, em Manaus, de José Honório Garcia Rocha (J. Rosha) (photo), jornalista e assessor de comunicação do Conselho Indigenista Missionário, vitima de Covid-19. Ao longo dos mais de 30 anos no Cimi Norte I, Rosha ajudou a alimentar e impulsionar numerosas campanhas a favor da demarcação e proteção de terras indígenas e por políticas adequadas e específicas de saúde e educação. Bem como repercutir denúncias indígenas de violação de seus direitos e de outros temas de interesse das comunidades.
Rosha colaborou com a formação de comunicadores indígenas e, nos últimos anos, também assumiu o programa de rádio “A Voz dos Povos Indígenas” na Rádio Comunitária A Voz das Comunidades, em Manaus. Também realizou um documentário, entre 2011 e 2012, sobre o descaso com a saúde indígena no Amazonas. De 1989 até os dias de hoje, Rosha contribuiu constantemente com o jornal Porantim, veículo de muitas de suas matérias. Durante esses meses de pandemia do novo coronavírus, Rosha também denunciou o descaso e o negacionismo do governo federal responsáveis por, especialmente em Manaus, provocar uma onda devastadora de mortes e doentes.
11.11.2020. BRASIL. Mais três jornalistas morreram de covid-19. João Carlos Pereira (photo), professor e jornalista, morre de Covid-19 em Belém. Ele tinha 61 anos. João Carlos era um dos maiores pesquisadores sobre a história do Círio e estava preparando um novo livro sobre o tema. Ele era um apaixonado por esse momento tão especial para o povo paraense. Durante 20 anos, ele participou das transmissões da TV Liberal trazendo informações e explicando detalhadamente cada momento do Círio de Nazaré. Morreu nesta madrugada Romeu Cesar, ex-repórter da rádio Globo de São Paulo, aos 59 anos de idade. O jornalista esportivo estava internado na Santa Casa de Valinhos lutando contra complicações causadas pela Covid-19. O radialista, conhecido carinhosamente como "Fera", ficou reconhecido por seu trabalho em grandes emissoras do interior e, depois, na rádio Globo da capital, onde permaneceu por 20 anos. A morte do comunicador Saulo Gomes pegou a comunidade imperatrizense de surpresa. Vítima da covid-19, o jornalista prestou um importante papel para a sociedade imperatrizense, sendo parte da hstória da segunda maior cidade do Maranhão.
06.11.2020. REPUBLICA DOMINICANA. Dos golpes en un mismo día causa mucho dolor. Lirio Cruz, un ícono del periodismo en Jarabacoa, padecía de problemas cardíacos incluso había sido operado del corazón y le dio el Covid, por lo que fue internado en un centro de La Vega y trasladado a Santiago donde falleció. Al momento de su partida era secretario general de la filial Jarabacoa del Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Prensa.
En Santiago murió hoy el comunicador y abogado Anyelo Encarnación Mata, falleció al ser ingresado en el hospital regional José María Cabral y Báez con dificultades respiratorias y otras complicaciones. Le diagnosticaron Covid-19. Fue productor del programa Prensa y Opinión, reportó para Super Semana Santa, del circuito Medrano, también en la Chercha de la Mañana de Radio Norte y en otros medios.
05.11.2020. INDIA. ONE MORE CORONA-MEDIA VICTIM. Orissa media sources reveal that Prabir Kumar Pradhan (photo), a Bhubaneswar based television scribe, succumbed on 5 November 2020 to novel corona virus infection related ailments as he was undergoing treatment in the hospital. Pradhan (35) used to work for News18 (Odia) news channel. Terming the scribes as corona-warriors after the practicing doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, police personnel etc, JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria repeated their appeal to every media person to be careful and cautious while reporting the pandemic from the ground. They also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a comprehensive financial package to each media victim in the country.
Morreu vítima de covid ontem à tarde a jornalista Carlota Medeiros, 47 anos. Estava internada no hospital da Unimed, em Balneário Camboriú. Carlota ficou conhecida por sua atuação no parque Dom Bosco durante anos. Desde o início da estão Volnei Morastoni (MDB), Carlota trabalhava como diretora de Relações Públicas da prefeitura de Itajaí.
03.11.2020. ARGENTINA. El conductor y director artístico de la radio cordobesa Cadena 3, Mario Pereyra, falleció en la madrugada de este domingo en una clínica provincial tras haber dado positivo de coronavirus Covid-19. Estaba internado desde el pasado 13 de octubre con síntomas que se fueron agudizando.
03.11.2020. MAROC. Driss Ouhab (photo), ancien journaliste de la chaîne 2M, est mort, le 29 octobre à Casablanca, du nouveau coronavirus (Covid-19), a-t-on appris auprès de sa famille. Il a fait partie de l’équipe de lancement de 2M en 1989. Le défunt s’est distingué par sa forte présence à l’antenne et son style spécial dans la présentation du bulletin d’information, avant de s’essayer au commentaire sportif, puis terminer sa carrière à Radio 2M.
03.11.2020. ITALIA. Pino Scaccia (photo), storico inviato della Rai ed ex capo redattore dei servizi speciali del Tg1, è morto a 74 anni il 28 ottobre per delle complicanze legate al Covid-19. Come inviato Scaccia aveva seguito la fine dell’Unione Sovietica, la guerre nell’ex Jugoslavia, la prima e seconda guerra del Golfo e quelle in Afghanistan e Libia. In Italia si era occupato anche di mafia e terrorismo. “Di sicuro una grande perdita per tutta la professione”, scrive in una nota il direttivo dell’Usigrai.
Pino Scaccia, historical Rai correspondent and former editor of the special services of Tg1, died on October 28th at the age of 74 from complications related to Covid-19. As an envoy, Scaccia had followed the end of the Soviet Union, the wars in the former Yugoslavia, the first and second Gulf wars and those in Afghanistan and Libya. In Italy he also dealt with the mafia and terrorism. "Certainly a great loss for the whole profession", wrote the management of Usigrai in a note.
02.11.2020. Day against impunity. At least 442 media workers died from Covid-19 in 8 months // Journée contre l’impunité. Au moins 442 travailleurs des médias sont morts du Covid-19 en huit mois // Día Internacional para Poner Fin a la Impunidad. Al menos 442 trabajadores de los medios ha muerto a causa del Covid-19 en 8 meses
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25.10.2020. Update on AFGHANISTAN. So far 7 media workers died of Covid-19 in Afghanistan, according to the Afghanistan Journalists Center: Solaiman Yosufi, driver, Ariana TV, Kabul, 29 May 2020, Shah Mahmood Harun, 57, HR, Pajhwok Afghan News Agency, Kabul, 15 Jun 2020, Parwin Rafiqi, 58, reporter, Bakhtar News Agency (state-run), 17 Jun 2020, Nawid Azimi, 30, reporter, RTA (State-run Radio Television Afghanistan), Kabul, 22 Jun 2020, Mina Rafi, presenter, Banu TV (woman TV), Kabul, 26 Jun 2020, Yosuf Yosufi, Ex cameraman, ArianaTV, Kabul, 26 Jun 2020, Dad Mohammad Annabi (photo), editor-in-chief, Eslah Newspaper, Kabul, 12 Jul 2020.
24.10.2020. Venezuela. Muere director de Líder 100.1 FM de El Vigía por síntomas de COVID-19. Tras permanecer hospitalizado 8 días por complicaciones respiratorias asociadas a la enfermedad de coronavirus, Elvys Rondón, locutor, narrador de fútbol y director de la emisora Líder 100.1 FM de El Vigía, municipio Alberto Adriani del estado Mérida, falleció la noche de ayer viernes 23 de octubre en el Instituto Autónomo Hospital Universitario de Los Andes (Iahula). Rondón tenía 38 años de edad.
21.10.2020. INDIA. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to take its toll as more journalists are dying because of novel corona virus aggravated complications across India. Lately journalist Jitendra Debbarma (46, photo) died of Covid-19 Tuesday at a hospital in Khumulwng –– the first death due to coronavirus of a journalist in Tripura. Jitendra was engaged with Chini Khorang, a local Kokborok cable TV channel. He tested positive for coronavirus Tuesday. He was given oxygen support. But his condition was already serious and he succumbed soon after. Mysuru based senior journalist Pavan Hettur (35), who worked for Kannada daily Prajavani succumbed to the infection and passed away on 18 October 2020. Days back Patna based photojournalist Krishna Mohan Sharma (63), working for Times of India, died of Covid-19 complications on 15 October while undergoing treatment at AIIMS, New Delhi. Same day, senior cricket journalist & commentator Kishore Bhimani (81), acknowledged as an illustrious son of Bengal, died at a Kolkata based private hospital after contracting Covid-19 (with The Sentinel and JFA).
20.10.2020. CORONAVIRUS. HOW MANY DEATHS in BRAZIL ? Brazil "in the middle of a schizophrenic situation"
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15.10.2020. SWITZERLAND. First journalist killed by the virus in Switzerland. A New Zealand woman living and working in Switzerland for more than a decade has died of Covid-19. Wine reviewer Nina Bobillier (photo), who had part-Swiss and part-New Zealand heritage, succumbed in less than a fortnight to the deadly infection on Monday according to tributes posted online. Bobillier worked as a wine journalist based in Lavaux. A biography on Newly Swissed said the writer, who contributed to the flagship online magazine, had previously worked in the European country's wine and tourism industry as a wine writer, a wine educator in hotel and finishing schools, a tour operator and wine guide. Bobillier had over 14 years of professional experience in the industry and earned multiple diplomas from Ecole du Vin de Changins, Switzerland's leading wine school (with the New Zealand Herald).
12.10.2020. ISRAEL. Writer Yehoshua Kenaz (photo), one of the greats of Hebrew literature, has died on Monday at the age of 83 after contracting the coronavirus. For decades, Kenaz published novels, novellas, short stories and translations, and worked at Haaretz for about 30 years, editing the culture and literature supplement, among other things. The former Haaretz editor published his most well-known novel “Infiltration," considered a milestone in Hebrew literature, in 1986.
12.10.2020. VENEZUELA. El reconocido periodista zuliano Ricardo Castellanos (photo) falleció este domingo a causa del COVID-19, tras varios días dando la batalla contra la enfermedad. Castellanos era reconocido tanto por sus cualidades profesionales, como por su don de gente por lo que se ganó el aprecio de colegas y relacionados, especialmente en la fuente de arte y espectáculos, como agente de prensa.
09.10.2020. BRASIL. O jornalista Edson Luiz (photo) morreu nesta quinta-feira (8/10), aos 60 anos, após complicações causadas pela covid-19. Grande nome do jornalismo brasileiro, foi internado há um mês com problemas no fígado e rins. No hospital, testou positivo para o novo coronavírus e a situação agravou-se, mas conseguiu passar pela doença. Há um dia, sofreu infarto, o colapso dos órgãos vitais se agravou e o quadro ficou insustentável. Conhecido como Edinho, o jornalista fez história em diferentes veículos, como Estadão, O Globo e Correio Braziliense, entre outros.
07.10.2020. GERMANY. Musikjournalist Karlheinz Drechsel (photo) starb an Corona. Er war die Stimme des Jazz in der DDR. Insgesamt soll Karlheinz Drechsel 3500 Radiosendungen moderiert haben. Kurz vor seinem 90. Geburtstag erlag der gebürtige Dresdner einer Corona-Infektion in einem Berliner Krankenhaus.
07.10.2020. PERU. Falleció el periodista Luis Cornejo Coayla (photo), a consecuencia del coronavirus. Fue un destacado deportista y conductor de espacios informativos en medios de comunicación radial de la ciudad de Moquegua.
03.10.2020. USA. Three journalists who work at the White House tested positive on Friday, according to a series of memos from the White House Correspondents Association. “Given these positive cases, the president’s diagnosis and positive cases among other members of the White House staff, a number of White House journalists are self-isolating pending diagnostic testing,” the correspondents association said in an email to members Friday night. Reporters and White House spokespeople work together in cramped quarters, often meeting the definition of close contact. The correspondents association said “we can’t stress enough the importance of mask-wearing, social distancing and common sense, especially on the White House complex.”
02.10.2020. Perú. La Asociación Nacional de Periodistas del Perú (ANP) ANP publicó ayer un nuevo relevamiento sobre los efectos de la pandemia entre los trabajadores de prensa del país andino: “En doscientos días de emergencia nacional, iniciada el 16 de marzo, han fallecido 163 periodistas, de estos 92 perdieron la vida por COVID (39 contagiados cumpliendo su labor); mientras 71 perdieron la vida por otras causas o complicaciones de salud que dejaron de ser atendidas por la saturación del sistema sanitario”, afirma el documento. En ese texto, se detalla además: “A esa cifra se suma en este periodo la muerte de otros 14 trabajadores de medios (administradores, conductores, locutores, columnistas, etc)”.
01.10.2020. INDIA. India lately lost six journalists to Covid-19 complications within ten days. According to PEC figures, 44 journalists succumbed to the virus so far in India. Veteran journalist Ashwani Kapoor (70) succumbed to the virus at a private hospital in Ludhiana on Tuesday 29 September. He was posted in Hoshiarpur as senior correspondent of the Punjab Kesari group. Golap Saikia (photo), a news presenter in India, died Sept. 26. Saikia was 52. He used to work as a casual newsreader in All India Radio Guwahati prior to which he presented news bulletins in Guwahati Doordarshan along with private satellite news channels like DY365, NewsLive, PrimeNews, etc. Earlier, Indore (Madhya Pradesh) based senior journalist Manoj Binwal died of the virus infection in the hospital. Binwal (55), who worked for Hindi newspaper Prajatantra, was hospitalized after testing positive for Covid-19 and breather his last on 20 September. A day back, Agra based journalist Ami Adhar Nidar (50) died of the virus infection at a Gurugram hospital. Associated with widely circulated Hindi newspaper DainikJagaran, the popular journalist was hospitalized after he tested positive for Covid-19. Anil Srivastava (68) from Basti in Jammu locality succumbed to Covid-19 on 18 September. He worked for the United News of India for many years, and also edited local newspapers namely VicharParakh and PrakashTimes. Same day, Madhya Pradesh lost one of its senior journalists to Covid-19. Harish Choubey (60), who worked for popular Hindi newspaper DainikBhaskar from Jabalpur, was hospitalized after testing positive for the virus infection. He died Sept 18.
Journalists' Forum Assam (JFA) urges Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a financial package to each media victim family as a mark of respect to those corona-warriors along with the practicing doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, police personnel, etc. JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria repeated their appeal to every media person to be careful and follow all necessary health protocols while reporting the Covid-19 pandemic from the ground.
30.09.2020. BOLIVIA. Muere el reconocido periodista Marcos Montero (photo) en Santa Cruz tras cuatro meses de batalla contra el covid-19. El periodista llevaba 23 años trabajando para la televisora Red Uno y era uno de los periodistas más queridos por los televidentes. “Más de un centenar de periodistas han sido contagiados con el coronavirus y hemos tenido que lamentar la muerte de por lo menos una docena de nuestros compañeros, el último fue Marco Montero en Santa Cruz, que lamentablemente esta madrugada falleció después de una penosa y larga agonía. Marco fue uno de los periodistas que más tiempo ha sufrido antes de perder la vida”, dijo el pres dente de la Asociación Nacional de Periodistas de Bolivia, Pedro Glasinovic. El primer fallecimiento fue el 25 de mayo, cuando se reportó la muerte del productor y camarógrafo Jacinto Quispe Maydana; otro caso ocurrió el 29 de mayo, entonces murió el periodista Rubén Darío Méndez, luego de haber presentado síntomas durante dos días, sin recibir la ayuda correspondiente del centro de emergencias, todos ellos de Santa Cruz. Así también, en el departamento de Beni se reportaron tres decesos: se conoce que dos cumplían funciones para el área deportiva y el tercero es un trabajador del rotativo trinitario, encargado de la diagramación de un periódico. En la ciudad de Cochabamba murió un periodista potosino, Vladimir Flores Ríos. También se registró el fallecimiento del periodista Jaime Arósqueta, corresponsal de Radio Panamericana en Llallagua, en el norte de Potosí. Así también, el reconocido locutor y DJ Jesús Rodríguez, voz oficial de Stereo 97 y El Mañanero de la red Uno, falleció el 3 de septiembre en un nosocomio de La Paz, después de permanecer internado por varias semanas.
27.09.2020. LEBANON. Riyad Al Rayyis (photo), a renowned Syrian journalist and a giant in the Arabic publishing world, has died. The 83-year-old was seeking treatment for the coronavirus at a Beirut hospital when he died on Saturday. Al Rayyis was born in 1937 in Damascus. After graduating from the Broumana School in Lebanon, Al Rayyis travelled to London just as the Suez Crisis was beginning in October 1956. The journalist joined an Arab student association based in the UK and Ireland and soon became the editor of the association’s magazine, the Arab Review. In 1966, Al Rayyis began working as the Vietnam correspondent for Al Hayat newspaper. Following his stint as a Vietnam correspondent, Al Rayyis began working at the Lebanese daily An-Nahar. Al Rayyis moved to London from Lebanon in 1977. There, he established Al Manar, the first Arabic newspaper to be published in Europe. Later, in 1986, he established the famous Riyad Al Rayyis Publishing Company, through which he published a number of works, including his own, such as the Northern Winds: Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and Arabs in the Nineties, A Journalist and Two Cities, and The Eastern Winds. In 1986, as the civil war calmed in Lebanon, Al Rayyis moved his publishing company to Beirut.
27.09.2020. PANAMA. Comunicadores sociales están de luto con la repentina pérdida de la periodista Angélica Torres, quien lamentablemente falleció este sábado 26 de septiembre, víctima del nuevo coronavirus. Torres era Jefa de Prensa de la Caja de Seguro Social, muy activa en medio de la pandemia.
26.09.2020. CHINA. Chinese citizen journalist who disappeared after reporting Wuhan's coronavirus outbreak is found under 'government surveillance' with his parents. Chen Qiushi, 34, had vanished since February soon after he arrived in Wuhan. He had sent shocking reports revealing the true scale of the city's virus outbreak. The former lawyer is reportedly being held under official surveillance in Qingdao. Nearly eight months after Chen's disappearance, his close friend has reportedly revealed in a YouTube video that the independent reporter is in good health being held under 'supervised surveillance at designated residence' in the eastern Chinese city Qingdao.
22.09.2020. España. Lanzan un libro de fotografías para ayudar a familias de fotoperiodistas fallecidos por la COVID-19. Fotoperiodistas españoles y latinoamericanos ponen en marcha un proyecto solidario para recaudar fondos para las familias de fotoperiodistas fallecidos por la Covid-19. Un total de 24 profesionales se han unido de forma altruista para lanzar el libro Pandemia. Miradas de una tragedia “con el objetivo de crear una memoria documental y visual” sobre la crisis sanitaria sufrida por la Covid-19. Para lograr la edición del libro, se ha lanzado una campaña de financiación, que estará abierta hasta el 21 de diciembre de 2020. Los beneficios de este proyecto fotográfico, en el que participan profesionales de referencia a nivel internacional en el trabajo de documentar hechos y situaciones de gran impacto social, se destinarán íntegramente a ayudar a familias de fotógrafas y fotógrafos que han fallecido mientras cubrían la pandemia en diferentes países del mundo, y que se encuentran en riesgo de exclusión social.
20.09.2020. ECUADOR. El periodista Roberto Efrén Cayambe Guilcapi de Radio Andina de Chimborazo murió el miércoles, 16 de septiembre, tras permanecer hospitalizado durante tres semanas con COVID-19. Durante los últimos 25 años fue periodista y propietario de Radio Andina. La noche del sábado, 19 de spetiembre, falleció tambien en Cuenca el periodista Fabián Merchán, director de la radio La Suprema Estación 96.1. A finales de agosto ingresó al hospital del Instituto Ecuatoriano de Seguridad Social (IESS) y el cuadro se complicó por su contagio del coronavirus. Fabián fundó junto a su padre, Ricardo Merchán, radio 96.1 FM el 7 de diciembre de 1985. Tenía 54 años de edad.
18.09.2020. MORE JOURNALISTS DIED IN INDIA. Actor-journalist Florent C Pereira dies in Chennai due to COVID-19. Tamil actor Florent C Pereira, who was known for playing character roles in films like Kayal and Thodari, died due to Covid-19 in Chennai on September 14. According to reports, Florent tested positive for coronavirus a couple of weeks ago and had been hospitalised ever since. His health deteriorated last week and he succumbed to illness. He was 67. Florent C Pereira worked with Win TV, Kalaignar TV and Vijay TV. Condolences have been pouring in from both the film industry and media.
Another senior journalist Rahul Dolare died of Covid-19 in Aurangabad (Maharashtra). He was 49. His last working stint was with the dialy Dainik Saamana Aurangabad edition. Anil Srivastava (68) died of coronavirus on Friday 18 September in Basti. He was working as a stringer with national news agency United News of India for over the past 20 years and was also the editor of local newspapers Vichar Parakh and Prakash Times.
Journos protest for Covid insurance cover in Maharashtra: on Sept 18, a statewide protest has been organized to press for the demand of including journalists in the Rs 50 lakh government insurance scheme meant for select Covid-19 fatalities as well as for reservation of beds, oxygen and ventilators, according to Marathi Press Council. More than 8000 SMS were sent to Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope. Around 25 journalists have succumbed to the infection so far in the state of Maharashtra.
16.09.2020. BRASIL. Ao menos 31 jornalistas morreram por covid-19 em 2020 (Abraji). Levantamento da Abraji ainda detectou 27 mortes por outros motivos; entre eles, um caso de assassinato, do repórter Léo Veras. Veras é um de ao menos 59 jornalistas mortos em 2020. O único assassinado, segundo levantamento da Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo (Abraji), que detectou 31 vítimas fatais do coronavírus entre os profissionais. “Acreditamos que a melhor maneira de homenagear essas pessoas é seguir produzindo bom jornalismo”, afirmou o presidente da entidade, Marcelo Träsel, em homenagem aos colegas de profissão, promovida pelo 15ª Congresso Internacional de Jornalismo Investigativo da Abraji 13 de setembro. Entre os jornalistas homenageados, encontram-se nomes como o de Rodrigo Rodrigues, do SporTV, e Beto Resende, que atuou nos principais jornais de Pernambuco e mantinha o canal do YouTube Dardos e Ideias. Ambos faleceram por covid-19, doença que tomou o mundo em 2020.
15.09.2020. PEC Press Release: Sharp increase in the number of victims of Covid 19 among journalists, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) appeals to the Human Rights Council // Communiqué de la PEC: Forte augmentation du nombre de victimes du Covid-19 parmi les journalistes – appel au Conseil des droits de l‘homme // Comunicado de prensa de la PEC: Fuerte aumento del número de víctimas del Covid-19 entre los periodistas - llamamiento al Consejo de Derechos Humanos
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12.09.2020. España. Fallece este sábado, 12 de septiembre, el cantautor Joaquín Carbonell por coronavirus, a los 73 años. El también periodista turolense muere después de permanecer 47 días ingresado en el Hospital Universitario de Zaragoza.
12.09.2020. INDIA. Dramatic increase, hundreds of journalists test Covid-19 positive, more than 20 deaths in a month. Now, almost every other day, the country is losing a media person to the coronavirus (photo: television journalist Neelanshu Shukla (aged 30) from Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh).
Journalists have been hit by COVID-19 in Telangana with 822 of them having contracted the deadly virus so far. The state government has released Rs 1.55 crore in financial aid to these journalists. Apart from a large number of recoveries, some journalists have also lost their lives.
Three journalists have died of Covid-19 in Nagpur since Thursday while at least 50 others have been infected with the virus in the city so far. Around 25 journalists from a major newspaper group and almost all reporters of a regional periodical have contracted the disease, officials aware of the matter said. One of journalists who died was from a well-known Marathi daily while two others worked for a news agency and a local cable network, they added. According to the Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), the last three media corona casualties were reported within four days and urged every reporter and media person to be cautious while reporting from the ground. A senior journalist from Barak valley Ashim Dutta died of COVID-19 on September 7 at Silchar Medical College Hospital.The 66-year-old journalist worked for a Bengali daily.
A photojournalist, who was working during the COVID induced lockdown, has died due to the virus in Balasore district of Odisha on Monday September 7. Solman Sahu, a photojournalist of EPA, Balasore who passed away on Monday due to coronavirus has been declared as a Corona warrior for his restless service during the lockdown.
Another report surfaced from the Nellore locality of Andhra Pradesh, where journalist Narayanam Seshacharyulu (aged 56) died of Covid-19 on 3 September 2020. Associated with the prestigious Telugu daily Eenadu, Seshacharyulu was hospitalized in Tirupati a few days back after testing positive for the virus infection.
A day back, Pune (Maharashtra) based television reporter Pandurang Raikar (aged 42) succumbed to Covid-complications in an Ahmednagar town hospital. Raikar, who worked for the TV9 news channel, tested positive in the antigen test and was hospitalized. However, his family members alleged that treatment was delayed by the hospital authority.
Earlier, another television journalist Neelanshu Shukla (photo, aged 30) from Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) died of corona infections. Shukla, who was associated with AajTak, tested positive for Covid-19 a few days back and died on 31 August in the hospital. A bachelor, Shukla also worked for NDTV and Republic TV as a Lucknow correspondent.
A few weeks ago, Maharashtra’s veteran journalist Ashok Churi, who edited the Marathi weekly, PalgharTimes, died at a Palghar based hospital. He was later tested positive for Covid-19. The printer-publisher of Asomiya Khabar (Rantu Das) also died at a Guwahati hospital and tested positive for the virus infection. On the other hand, New Delhi based writer Tarun Sisodia killed himself while undergoing treatment at AIIMS.
Patiala (Punjab) based photojournalist Jai Deep, Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) based television reporter Madhusudan Reddy & video journalist M Parthasarathy, Chennai (Tamil Nadu) based television reporter Ramanathan and Orissa’s journalists namely Simanchal Panda, K Ch Ratnam & Priyadarshi Patnaik, Chennai based news videographer E Velmurugan, Chandigarh based news presenter Davinder Pal Singh, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) based television writer Manoj Kumar, Agra (UP) based journalist Pankaj Kulashrestha and Kolkata (West Bengal) based photojournalist Ronny Roy also lost their battles against the virus.
11.09.2020. BRASIL. Mais três vítimas no Brasil. Jornalista Karina Paula Araújo (photo)
morre aos 48 anos vítima da Covid-19. A jornalista atuava na TV Borborema, em Campina Grande,
mas também trabalhou no Jornal da Paraíba, foi professora da Universidade Estadual da Paraíba
(UEPB) e assessora do 4º Batalhão da Polícia Militar. Jornalista Lima Neto morre
vítima de coronavírus na capital. Na noite de quinta-feira (10), morreu o jornalista Lima Neto aos 50 anos,
em Porto Velho. Apresentador de televisão, ele era conhecido na região como "Repórter Cidadão".
O jornalista estava internado na UTI de um hospital público, há aproximadamente 30 dias, fazendo tratamento contra o
Morreu em Curitiba nesse domingo (dia 6) o jornalista Marcelo Motta Vieira, 56 anos. Segundo informações da família,
ele estava há duas semanas internado no Hospital da Cruz Vermelha, em Curitiba, com suspeita de Covid-19.
Ele apresentou sintomas da doença, como falta de ar. Há uma semana, recebeu alta e apresentou sinais de melhora.
No sábado, porém, Marcelo retornou à UTI, com coração e rins afetados. Acabou falecendo nesse domingo.
Marcelo Motta foi colunista de política do Bem Paraná na época em que a publicação ainda era chamada de Jornal do Estado.
10.09.2020. BANGLADESH. A total of 31 journalists died of covid-19. Among them, NTV joint chief news editor Abdus Shahid (photo), also former president of a faction of Dhaka Union of Journalists, died of COVID-19 at a city hospital on Sunday. Shahid was 63. Khulna Press Club former president Wadudur Rahman Panna died with COVID-19 symptoms at a hospital in Khulna on Saturday. He was 72.
03.09.2020. USA. Three more victims among media. John Hamill (photo), Vietnam veteran, one-time Daily News reporter and screenwriter, dead at 71 of coronavirus.
John Hamill, a decorated Vietnam War combat medic, journalist and screenwriter, passed away Tuesday after contracting COVID-19. The death of Hamill came just a month after his older brother, author and newspaper columnist Pete Hamill, died at age 85. John Hamill, a die-hard Mets fan, was retired and living in California when he came down with the virus three weeks ago and never recovered, according to a Facebook post by his sister Kathy.
William R. Neikirk, an award-winning economics and political journalist who spent nearly 35 years with the Chicago Tribune and served as White House correspondent during the Clinton administration, died of coronavirus Aug. 27 at his home in Arlington, Va. He was 82. Mr. Neikirk wrote about politics and economics for the Associated Press before joining the Tribune’s Washington bureau in 1974. He also had stints as Chicago-based associate managing editor of financial news and chief Washington correspondent before retiring in 2008. He was honored for his business and political coverage, including the 1995 White House Correspondents’ Association’s Merriman Smith Award for presidential reporting.
Tom Vint, retired AP sports writer, dies from COVID-19. Tom Vint, who covered the dominant Nebraska football teams of the 1980s and ’90s as an Associated Press sports writer, died in Omaha Wednesday Sept. 2 after a month long battle with COVID-19, his daughter Mandy Troia said. He was 72.
02.09.2020. ECUADOR. El periodista radial Pedro Daniel Sanaguano Llangari (photo), más conocido como el Rey del Mambo, murió por COVID-19 el pasado 29 de agosto, tras permanecer durante dos semanas en una unidad de cuidados intensivos del hospital de la Policía en Guayaquil. Sanaguano nació el 15 de octubre de 1981 en Riobamba (Chimborazo) y durante sus 21 años de vida profesional formó parte de Radio Fantástica, Radio Andina, Radio Turbo, Radio Latina, Radio Ternura y del Periódico Los Andes.
07.07.2020. BANGLADESH. ATN Bangla finance and accounts department senior vice-president Ahsan Habib (photo) died of COVID-19 on Monday night at a hospital in the capital. He was 58. With Ahsan, a total of 12 media professionals, including journalists, have died of COVID-19 while nine others have died with COVID-19 symptoms. Former Feni Press Club president and Feni-based Weekly Hawkers editor Nurul Karim Majumder died with COVID-19 symptoms on Sunday night. He was 68. In his professional life, Nurul Karim worked as the Feni district correspondent of Daily Star and United News of Bangladesh. Weekly Uttamasha editor Khandaker Ekramul Haq also died of COVID-19 at a Dhaka hospital on Sunday. He was 60. According to media houses and journalist organisations, until Sunday 536 journalists and media workers were affected by the coronavirus. Of them, 403 are from Dhaka and 133 from the other parts of the country. They are from 136 national and local media houses, including 80 newspapers, 27 television channels, 22 internet news portals, five radios and one news agency.
01.07.2020. Coronavirus: The toll continues to increase. More than 186 journalists died from Covid-19 in four months in 35 countries // Plus de 186 journalistes sont morts du Covid-19 en quatre mois dans 35 pays // Más de 186 periodistas han muerto por el Covid-19 en cuatro meses en 35 países
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28.06.2020. Bangladesh. Tobibur Rahman Masum (52), chief reporter of Rajshahi-based daily Sonali Sangbad died at the coronavirus unit of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. Masum was well known in the sports arena and covered the South Asian Games and the Olympic Games several times. He was the president of Rajshahi's Sports Reporters' Council and he conducted regular programmes at Bangladesh Betar. Another journalist dies of Covid-19 in Bogra. Veteran journalist and freedom fighter Md Saiduzzaman Sarker Tara died from Covid-19 on Friday night at the age of 70. Saiduzzaman, a senior member of the Bogra Press club and also executive editor of the Weekly Hatiar newspaper, died while undergoing treatment at Bogra Mohammad Ali Hospital.
08.06.2020. Pakistan. Three persons, including a journalist, died due to coronavirus while four others tested positive in the district. Journalist Sheikh Nadeem had been shifted to Mayo Hospital Lahore from Sheikhupura after testing positive for the virus and he died of the virus.
07.06.2020. Bangladesh. Abdul Monayem Khan, a senior journalist and Cox’s Bazar correspondent of The Financial Express, died of Covid-19 at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital on Sunday. He was 54. A senior member of Cox’s Bazar Journalists’ Union, he also worked for The Daily Star, The New Age and The Daily Sun.
02.06.2020. United States. Virginia A. Frizzi, (photo, 66), of Morningside, Pittsburgh who had been in ill health for several months, died Monday, June 1, 2020 in UPMC Shadyside hospital of complications of covid-19. Ginny Frizzi was a stalwart pillar of the journalism community in Western Pennsylvania. A native of Pittsburgh, Ms. Frizzi began her career in journalism before launching a 25-year career in public relations at Point Park University. But she always kept her hand in the news business as a freelance writer, a mentor to aspiring journalists and as a leader in the region’s professional organizations. She was past president of the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. She served two terms on the SPJ national board of directors.
02.06.2020. Over 127 journalists died from coronavirus in three months in 31 countries - Latin America most affected // Plus de 127 journalistes sont morts du coronavirus en trois mois dans 31 pays - L'Amérique latine région la plus touchée // Más de 127 periodistas murieron por coronavirus en tres meses en 31 países - América Latina, el continente más afectado
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31.05.2020. Coronavirus. Mexico. Por Información difundida en redes sociales y Medios de Comunicación 13 Periodistas han fallecido diagnosticados por COVID-19. Los periodistas que dieron positivo en el diagnóstico para Coronavirus, fueron contagiados mientras ejercían su labor son: Martha Caballero Colli, quien trabajaba en el Departamento de Comunicación Social del ayuntamiento de Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, el 27 de Abril del 2020. Alejandro Cedillo, quien trabajaba en el diario, La Crónica de Hoy en la Ciudad de México el 28 Abr 2020. Miguel Angel Garcia Tapia, quien trabajaba en el Departamento de Comunicación Social del ayuntamiento de Cuernavaca, Morelos, el 01 Mayo 2020. Armando Sánchez Díaz, locutor conocido como “El Gallito de la Radio” murió el 01 Mayo 2020. David Alvarado conocido como ”El Piti” o “El Gama”, Fotógrafo que laboraba en el Diario “Pásala”, el 06 Mayo 2020. Moisés Márquez Villegas; Sub Director editorial del semanario “Infobaja” el 07 de Mayo 2020. Johnatan Gonzalo Arana Chan, quien era camarógrafo y fotógrafo en el Departamento de Comunicación Social del ayuntamiento de Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, 08 de Mayo 2020. Jorge Tamez de la Cabada; Periodista y ex Subdirector de Síntesis de la Cámara de Diputados, 13 de Mayo de 2020. Reyes Ramos Rodríguez; Periodista y Locutor de Radio Mexico Noticias, en Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, acaecido el 19 de Mayo de 2020. Carlos Arturo Ramírez Castro “El Pato”, en el Departamento de Comunicación Social del ayuntamiento de Chimalhuacan en el Estado de México, el 26 de Mayo de 2020. Fabiola Bueno Cardiel, encargada de Atención a Medios del Instituto Electoral del Estado de México, el 26 de Mayo de 2020. Ricardo Camacho, Corresponsal del Diario 8 Columnas, el 27 de Mayo de 2020. Carlos Ramírez Castro; Fotógrafo del municipio de Chimalhuacán; 27 de Mayo de 2020 (fuente: Guillermo Espinosa, Capital).
30.05.2020. Coronavirus. Egypt's Press Syndicate records total of 11 coronavirus cases among its members. The press syndicate said the death toll jumped to three after deputy editor-in-chief of the state-owned daily Al-Gomhouriya, Fathi El-Sarawy, passed away on Thursday. Mahmoud Riad, a journalist at Al-Khamis newspaper, died from the virus on 27 April, and on 18 May, journalist Mohy El-Din El-Sayed passed away.
20.05.2020. Coronavirus. Pakistan. Three more Pakistani journalists were killed with Corona Virus while a total 159 were infected so far. According to a PFUJ report, one journalist died in Multan city of South Punjab and two in Sukkur city of interior Sindh province. A total 159 journalists were infected up to 19th May, 2020 out of which 3 killed while 69 recovered. Two Peshawar based journalist brothers along with their 17 family members have been recovered from coronavirus infection. According to details, Senior Reporter Asif Shezad of GNN TV and his brother Wajid Shezad of Such TV had contracted coronavirus infection due to coverage of cases, facilities at quarantines centers besides burial of the dead.
18.05.2020. Coronavirus. Egypt. Another Egyptian journalist died from coronavirus. Egyptian journalist Mohy El-Din Al-Sayed Said died on Monday after contracting the coronavirus, becoming the country's second journalist to die from the disease, Egypt’s Press Syndicate said. Three other journalists have tested positive for the virus, however they are in a stable condition. Two other journalists have fully recovered from the virus. On 24 April, Egyptian journalist Mahmoud Riad died after contracting the deadly virus.
14.05.2020. Coronavirus en Perú: Periodista falleció luego de dar positivo a covid-19. A través de las redes sociales, se confirmó el fallecimiento de una periodista de Agencia Andina por coronavirus (covid-19). Se trata de Azucena Romani Tafur, quien se dedicó a esta labor hace más de treinta años. Los familiares de la periodista revelaron que contrajo la enfermedad mientras cumplía con sus labores en el mundo de la prensa.
13.05.2020. Coronavirus. United States/Guatemala. Muere periodista guatemalteco Nestor Hernández, contagiado por coronavirus en EE.UU. El Periodista Néstor Hernández Marroquín, de 56 años, quien trabajó en Prensa Libre, murió hoy en el estado de New Jersey, Estados Unidos, contagiado por el coronavirus Covid-19, cuando realizaba labores humanitarias en ese lugar. Según se estableció por familiares del comunicador, Néstor era voluntario en la repartición de alimentos, aparte de ser free lance deportivo en la MLS y escritor de baseball en Canadá. El comunicador laboró en Guatemala en los años 90 en Prensa Libre y tuvo que salir exiliado para Canadá por la persecución en el tiempo de la guerrilla.
12.05.2020. Coronavirus. Russia. Five journalists die in Russia after contracting coronavirus. MOSCOW, May 12. /TASS/. Five journalists have died in Russia from coronavirus-related causes, while around 200 media professionals have fallen ill after contracting the virus, head of the Russian Union of Journalists Vladimir Solovyov said Tuesday. "We are all in a very difficult situation. Journalists even more so because they are on the frontlines of fighting the virus just like doctors. Unfortunately, there are losses already — reports were revealed recently <…> we have five [journalists who died] and 200 infected," Solovyov noted.
10.05.2020. Coronavirus. United States. Ron Hutson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for his work about race relations, has died from COVID-19 complications at the age of 72, The Boston Globe has announced. Hutson, a former Globe reporter, won journalism’s top prize in 1975 as part of the newspaper’s coverage of court-ordered school desegregation. He also edited a series about race issues in Boston that was also awarded a Pulitzer in 1984, the newspaper reported.
10.05.2020. Coronavirus. Cameroun. Le journaliste Simon Mexanga est mort à 54 ans des suites du Covid-19. C’est le premier journaliste camerounais à décéder du coronavirus.
09.05.2020. Periodistas y COVID en América Latina: ya murieron más de 70 trabajadores de prensa. Se han registrado fallecimientos por coronavirus de periodistas y trabajadores de medios y junto con nuestras organizaciones afiliadas en la región, instamos a las autoridades y empleadores a hacer cumplir y acatar los protocolos sanitarios para evitar más contagios. La Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe de la Federación Internacional de Periodistas recibe periódicamente, a través de sus afiliados en la región, partes sobre el estado de los trabajadores del sector en el contexto del COVID-19. Hasta la fecha, hemos recibido una preocupante cantidad de contagios y una lamentable nómina de fallecidos a causa de la enfermedad. Por eso, porque el periodismo es una profesión que se ejerce en la calle y al servicio de la comunidad que necesita información sobre la pandemia, exigimos a las autoridades de cada país garantizar los insumos de protección y el cumplimiento de los protocolos sanitarios para que todos los trabajadores tengan y sepan cómo cuidarse durante su labores. Lamentamos comunicar la siguiente nómina de fallecidos y manifestamos nuestra solidaridad para con sus familiares y colegas. Desde FIP trabajamos para capacitar sobre protocolos y medidas de prevención e instamos a los responsables institucionales a cumplir con los procedimientos establecidos por la Organización Mundial de la Salud para minimizar los efectos del Coronavirus en la población. México: 5 - República Dominicana: 3 - Perú: 7 - Ecuador: 55 - Brasil: 4 - Colombia: 1.
08.05.2020. Coronavirus. Canada. Joyce Davidson-Susskind, a longtime broadcaster and television personality who worked with the likes of “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace and married television talk-show host and producer David Susskind, has died in Toronto of Covid-related illness. Davidson, who was born in Saskatoon, Sask. in 1931, died on May 7 at age 89 at Meighen Manor, where at least 38 residents have died during the outbreak. She had a decades-long career.
07.05.2020. Coronavirus. United Kingdom. Journalist who served weekly for decades dies of coronavirus aged 87. A journalist whose career with a weekly newspaper spanned almost half a century has died from coronavirus aged 87. Tributes have been paid to Graham Fulton, who worked his way up from apprentice monotype operator at the Perthshire Advertiser to become its regular football reporter.
07.05.2020. Coronavirus. United Kingdom. Catherine Waring died on May 3 at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital aged 48. The Worcester-born writer worked her way up from trainee reporter with the Shrewsbury Chronicle in the early 1990s to become a sub-editor for the Shropshire Star and its weekly sister papers. She also spent time with the Hereford Journal and freelancing for a paper in Welshpool.
07.05.2020. Coronavirus. India. Journalist Dies Of COVID-19 in Agra. A senior journalist, Pankaj Kulshrestha, from Uttar Pradesh who had tested positive for coronavirus died on Tuesday in Agra. A journalist took to Twitter to share the sad news of Kulshrestha's death. Pankaj Kulshrestha worked with a prominent Hindi daily as a deputy news editor. It's probably the first case of a journalist’s death due to coronavirus in India. On April 21, 26 employees of a Tamil news channel based in Chennai tested positive for the coronavirus. The previous day, over 50 journalists from Mumbai were found infected, after samples of over 170 journalists were tested.
07.05.2020. Coronavirus. How does the PEC count journalists who died from coronavirus ? Interview of the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen published by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN): COVID-19’s Toll on Journalists: At Least 64 Dead in 24 Countries
(read the GIJN article on PEC NEWS)
04.05.2020. Coronavirus. Pakistan. As many as 40 journalists have tested coronavirus positive in the country, said a government official on Monday. Three of them have fallen victim to it, he added. Mohsin Naqvi, the owner of the 24 News, confirmed that more than 30 members of his staff including journalists contracted the virus. "We have decided to close down the head office from Monday onwards till further notice. We have moved all necessary operations to some other place to keep our screen up. Nearly 90 per cent of our staff will be working from home,” Naqvi said in a tweet.
04.05.2020. Coronavirus. Ecuador. Three more journalists have been killed by the virus. Among the 12 victims are Olmedo Mendez, Victor Hugo Pena, Angel Sanchez, Manuel Varas, Paul Tobar, Carlos Loor, Omar Paredes, Luis Alberto Flores, Roberto Roman, Augusto Iturburu, Omar Salvatierra and Rosendo Escobar Cardenas. All were journalists on the front lines in Guayaquil as the death toll drastically rose. “Most of the journalists are believed to have been infected while working. But you cannot be sure," said Cesar Ricaurte, the CEO of Fundamedios, a non-governmental organisation promoting press freedom across the Americas. Agusto Iturburu was a sports journalist with the El Telegrafo newspaper in Guayaquil. Large sporting events were held in late February and early March as the virus began to take hold in the country. Iturburu was covering those sports events and did not - like most local journalists in the area - use personal protective equipment (PPE). Agusto died of COVID-19 in mid-April after being hospitalised for weeks.
03.05.2020. Coronavirus. Italia. La morte di Stefano Montomoli, giornalista vittima del Coronavirus. Aveva 69 anni. Stefano Montomoli, ex-direttore di Radio Siena, è morto all’ospedale Le Scotte di Siena dove era stato ricoverato circa un mese fa dopo essere stato trovato positivo al Coronavirus.
03.05.2020. Coronavirus UNITED STATES. Ashraf Sheikh died of Covid-19 in New Jersey on May 2, was 73 years old. Sheikh was a prolific writer. As a Pakistani journalist, he created a magazine and wrote extensively about politics. As a poet, he wrote about his eldest son, who died in 1992. On the side, he wrote books.
02.05.2020. Coronavirus. Pakistan. Muhammad Anwar, a crime reporter at Daily Khabrain, died of COVID-19 in Sukkur on Thursday. According to journalist Riaz Mengal, Anwar was diagnosed with coronavirus a few days ago. He is the first journalist in Sindh to die of the virus. Around 40 journalists and media workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan. Earlier this week, senior journalist Zafar Rasheed Bhatti, died after a three-week battle with coronavirus in Rawalpindi.
02.05.2020. Coronavirus. Brasil. A Universidade do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte (UERN) lamenta profundamente o falecimento do jornalista e radialista Emery Jussier Costa (photo), ocorrido nesta sexta-feira, 1 de maio. Ingressou no jornal “O Mossoroense”, sendo colunista respeitado por vários anos. Chegou a prestar serviços ao Diário de Natal e ao Diário do Nordeste, de Fortaleza. No final da carreira, atuou em programa na “TV Mossoró”, ao lado de Laíre Rosado.
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29.04.2020. Coronavirus. Bangladesh. A journalist has died in Dhaka, with symptoms of Covid-19 infection - fever, cough, and shortness of breath. He was 46 years old. Humayun Kabir Khokon, city editor of Bangla newspaper Daily Shomoyer Alo, breathed his last at the Regent Hospital in Uttara on Tuesday night. He is the first journalist in Bangladesh who have passed away with Covid-19 symptoms.
28.04.2020. Coronavirus. Mexico. La periodista Martha Caballero Collí tenía 43 años al momento de morir en un hospital del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) debido a una insuficiencia respiratoria aguda y neumonía viral, provocada por COVID-19. En una ultima declaración de la periodista, Martha Caballero responsabilizaba a su jefe por exponerla a ella y al equipo durante la contingencia sanitaria a causa de la pandemia de coronavirus. La reportera trabajaba en la Dirección de Comunicación Social de Solidaridad, en Quintana Roo. Martha trabajó en varios medios de comunicación, como Quequi y Diario de Quintana Roo; también fungió como directora de Comunicación Social de Isla Mujeres.
28.04.2020. Coronavirus. Pakistan. Senior journalist Zafar Bhatti dies due to coronavirus. Former president of the Associated Press Of Pakistan’s employees’ union and senior journalist Zafar Rasheed Bhatti passed away in Islamabad due to the coronavirus on Monday, a press release by the news organisation said. Bhatti had joined APP in 1984 before working in various news organisations, including Nawa-i-Waqt and Pakistan Press International, it said.
27.04.2020. Coronavirus. Egypt. Journalist Mahmoud Riad Abujabal, the head of Sports desk at EL Khamis online portal, died from the new coronavirus COVID-19 on Monday afternoon. Riad Abujabal is the first journalist who died of the virus in Egypt. Three weeks ago, he and his family were tested positive for the disease and quarantined in al-Agoza hospital, in Giza.
27.04.2020. Coronavirus. Brasil. Repórter morreu de coronavírus. O jornalista esportivo, Alfredo Menezes, de 72 anos, morreu nesta segunda-feira (27), em São Luís, com covid-19. Ele estava internado no Hospital Carlos Macieira, mas foi liberado ao apresentar melhoras. Nesta segunda, porém, ele acordou com falta de ar e morreu por volta das 9h30. O jornalista foi durante 30 anos editor de esporte do jornal O Estado do Maranhão.
26.04.2020. Coronavirus. United Kingdom. Former presenter of BBC Radio 4's Farming Today Richard Sanders dies, aged 62, after catching coronavirus in hospital. Mr Sanders worked on the popular programme, which is aired every weekday and on Saturdays, for more than a decade from 1988.
26.04.2020. Coronavirus. República Dominicana. Mercedes Castillo, presidenta del Colegio Dominicano de periodistas, reveló que la prensa dominicana ha sido bastante afectada por la pandemia del coronavirus, con el deceso de tres de estos profesionales. “El periodismo nacional ha perdido tres miembros, Pedro Fernández de San Francisco de Macorís, Ramón Lora relacionista por muchos años del CODIA, y el periodista y escritor René Rodríguez Soriano que residía en Miami pero que falleció en Texas, Estados Unidos", lamentó la presidenta del CDP. Agregó que hay dos periodistas internos que son Bienvenido Calderón, quien estuvo en terapia intensiva y ahora está en una sala normal afectado por COVID-19, y el periodista Manuel Ruiz que se está recuperando en Nueva York de la misma enfermedad. También se encuentran en recuperación los periodistas Roberto Gerónimo, Quique Sosa de Bonao, Carmen Ramírez quien reside en España, igual dijo de otros profesionales que tienen afecciones pulmonares pero que han dado negativo a la prueba del coronavirus, en tanto otros comunicadores han perdido parientes víctimas de la terrible pandemia.
25.04.2020. Coronavirus. Brasil. O jornalista e radialista amazonense conhecido como 'Repórter Furacão', Roberto Augusto dos Santos, morreu na madrugada deste sábado (25) em Manaus, vítima de coronavírus. Ele havia sido internado na quinta-feira, já com complicações, e tinha fibrose nos pulmões. A Assembleia Legislativa do Amazonas (Aleam) lamentou, através de uma nota, o falecimento: "Profissional exemplar, dedicado, amigo de todos, que por mais de 20 anos serviu o Parlamento amazonense".
25.04.2020. Coronavirus. Sweden. Gunnar Seijbold (65) a Swedish press photographer died on 25 April after suffering from Covid-19. He had been ill for a month and spent the last week in hospital. During his career he worked for several newspapers, including Expressen, Dagens Nyheter, and Aftonbladet. He also worked in the capacity of photographer for the Swedish government and worked as the official European Union photographer.
24.04.2020. Coronavirus. Japan. Actress and TV host Kumiko Okae died from pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus on Thursday. She was 63. Okae (photo) made her acting debut in 1975. In addition to dramas, she appeared on entertainment shows, including NHK’s “Renso Game.” She also hosted Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc.’s “Hanamaru Market” morning information show from 1996 to 2014.
24.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Brasil. O apresentador Roberto Fernandes, de 61 anos, jornalista da TV Mirante, afiliada da Globo no Maranhão, faleceu na última terça-feira (21) em decorrência do coronavírus. O jornalista teve passagens pela Rádio São Luís AM, TV Brasil e Rádio Educadora AM e na Rádio Mirante AM. Ele chegou a atuar como comentarista esportivo do SporTV em jogos do Sampaio Corrêa e era apresentador de política do programa Bom Dia Mirante.
21.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Spain. Muere el periodista José María Calleja (photo) por coronavirus. Calleja (León, 1955) comenzó su carrera informativa a principios de los ochenta en la delegación de la Agencia Efe en el País Vasco, desde donde pasó a Euskal Telebista (ETB), coincidiendo con una de las etapas más sangrientas de la historia de ETA. Señalado como objetivo de la banda contó durante años con protección de escolta, y con el libro “Arriba, Euskadi, la vida diaria en el País Vasco” ganó el Premio Espasa de Ensayo en 2001. En los últimos años, era profesor de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid y colaboraba en varios medios de comunicación, como la Cadena Ser y eldiario.es.
21.04.2020. Coronavirus. United States. Robert Fresco, a reporter who worked on many of Newsday’s investigations, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning story about Baby Jane Doe, died on his 78th birthday of complications of COVID-19.
20.04.2020. Coronavirus. United Kingdom. Well-respected former Clitheroe journalist dies of coronavirus aged 67. Brian Hood (photo) began his career on the Clitheroe Advertiser and also worked on Blackpool daily The Gazette before moving to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. He later spent time on the Wall Street Journal and freelanced for most of the Fleet Street papers. Between 1993 and his retirement in 2018 he worked on London’s Evening Standard, where he served as a sub-editor and later production editor on its business pages.
16.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Venezuela/United States. La periodista venezolana radicada en Miami Mariahé Pabón (photo) perdió la batalla contra el coronavirus. Falleció el miércoles 15 de abril, en un hospital de Miami donde estuvo conectada a un respirador. Era una periodista querida y admirada en Venezuela. Entrevisto a artistas, deportistas y políticos. Nacida el 20 de enero en 1930, en Colombia, Pabón tenía una trayectoria notable como periodista. Durante años destacó como columnista y reportera en medios como El Nacional, El Universal y El Mundo; ejerció como directora de la afamada revista Estampas y fundó el diario Meridiano.
15.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Sweden. Swedish TV and radio personality Adam Alsing (photo, 51) died from the Covid-19. “It is with great sadness and tremendous lack that we are forced to announce that our beloved Adam is no longer with us. After a couple of weeks of fighting against covid-19, Adam passed away on Wednesday,” said Alsing's relatives. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins friends and colleagues mourning his passing.
14.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Brasil. A surcusal de jornalismo do Sistema Brasileiro de Televisao (SBT), corre o risco de ser interditada por ter se tornado foco de proliferação do novo coronavírus. Na última segunda-feira (13), o editor de imagens José Augusto Nascimento Silva, de 57 anos, morreu vítima da Covid-19, após ser internado no Hospital Badim, na Barra da Tijuca. De acordo com a Associação Brasileira de Imprensa (ABI), estima-se que dos 75 profissionais que trabalham na emissora, 35 estejam infectados. Além da morte do editor, um cinegrafista do SBT Rio estaria internado em estado grave com Covid-19.
14.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Ecuador. Un total de 23 organizaciones que agrupan a periodistas ecuatorianos dieron a conocer una carta abierta, en la que reclaman a las autoridades protección a su integridad física, para poder realizar su labor en el contexto de la actual pandemia. El documento informa, además, que al menos nueve trabajadores de los medios de comunicación han fallecido por causa de la covid-19. Se registra, hasta este lunes, 16 profesionales de la comunicación contagiados y 18 en aislamiento. Los comunicadores ecuatorianos señalaron que la falta de garantías para el ejercicio periodístico en el marco de la pandemia, afecta el acceso del pueblo a la información.
13.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. United States. Well-known sports photographer Anthony Causi died Sunday from the coronavirus at the age of 48.
Causi captured photos of New York City sports teams for the New York Post in a career that spanned over 25 years. The Post reported Causi’s death yesterday and honored him today with a back cover that reads: “Our Eyes, Our Heart. And Our City’s Loss.”
11.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Austria. Hannes Schopf (photo) died on Good Friday at the age of 72. The former press spokesman for the Association of Austrian Newspapers (VÖZ) and former editor-in-chief of "Furche" died of the coronavirus. He was infected during a ski vacation in Ischgl. VÖZ and the Association of Catholic Publicists were deeply affected by Schopf's demise.
10.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Belgique. Le monde du cinéma et de la télévision perd l'un de ses plus formidables ingénieurs du son. Marc Engels (photo), qui a notamment officié en tant que preneur de son pour Le Bureau des légendes, a été emporté par la maladie Covid-19, à l'âge de 54 ans. La nouvelle de son décès a été rapportée sur Twitter par Eric Rochant, le créateur de la série phare de Canal+.
10.04.2020. Coronavirus. IRAN. Ali Behzad, a prominent Iranian journalist, died of COVID-19 after fighting the illness for 45 days. He was 66 years old. The veteran journalist began his career at the Kayhan newspaper in 1977. Behzad worked at the paper’s culture desk for 17 years. After leaving Kayhan, Behzad worked as the public relations manager of Behrouz, a large food industry company for 20 years. He wrote several books including the popular, Pioneers of Food Industries.
08.04.2020. Coronavirus. United States. ABC News is mourning the loss of Good Morning America studio camera operator Tony Greer, who died due to complications from the novel coronavirus. GMA co-host Robin Roberts announced his death on air Wednesday. She said that Greer worked on the morning show for more than six years.
03.04.2020. Coronavirus. United States. Anick Jesdanun, 51, deputy technology editor for The Associated Press, died in New York City on Thursday of coronavirus-related complications. For more than two decades, Jesdanun helped generations of readers understand the emerging internet and its impact on the world. Jesdanun, a Pittsburgh native who grew up in New Jersey, worked in AP bureaus in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Washington before moving to New York.
03.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Russia. A 36-year-old Russian journalist died from the coronavirus
on March 31, authorities said on Thursday two days after her passing, drawing criticism for
allegedly withholding the news. Anastasia Petrova (photo), chief editor of the Delovoy Interes
business weekly in the city of Perm (1,400 kilometres east of Moscow), was hospitalized with
pneumonia on March 24. Regional health authorities reportedly said that Petrova’s coronavirus
diagnosis had not been confirmed until after her death Tuesday.
03.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. La Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC) lamenta profundamente el deceso de seis periodistas latinoamericanos victimas de coronavirus. La Fundación Andina para la Observación y Estudios de Medios (Fundamedios) informó que cuatro periodistas murieron y 14 permanecen aislados en la provincia de Guayas, suroeste de Ecuador, tras presentar síntomas del Covid-19. Tres de los cuatro periodistas fallecidos se sometieron a una prueba para detectar el coronavirus, pero solo se confirmó tras su muerte, algo que está ocurriendo en muchos de los casos en Guayas, la provincia más afectada, con más del 70 % de los 2.748 contagios confirmados en el país. Dos periodistas murieron en República Dominicana del Covide-19. La mayoría de comunicadores afectados habían realizado su trabajo en exteriores o entrevistado a personas contagiadas, sin contar con medidas de seguridad especiales.
02.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Peru. Muere el primer periodista a causa del Covid-19 en Lima. El Colegio de Periodistas de Lima informo miercoles 1 de abril el fallecimiento de Ricardo Gutierrez Aparicio a causa del coronavirus. Lamentamos la partida de un colega y expresamos ademas las mas sentidas condolencias a sus familiares.
02.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) signed the appeal of Antonio Guterres: "The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war" and supports his call for an immediate global ceasefire. Here is the Secretary-General statement:
“Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19. The virus does not care about ethnicity or nationality, faction or faith. It attacks all, relentlessly. Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world. The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — pay the highest price. They are also at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID-19. Let’s not forget that in war-ravaged countries, health systems have collapsed. Health professionals, already few in number, have often been targeted. Refugees and others displaced by violent conflict are doubly vulnerable. The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war. End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world. That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives. To warring parties, I say: Pull back from hostilities. Put aside mistrust and animosity. Silence the guns; stop the artillery; end the airstrikes. This is crucial…To help create corridors for life-saving aid.
01.04.2020. CORONAVIRUS. United States. A Bangladeshi photojournalist has died from coronavirus infection in New York (United States). A Hai Swapan breathed his last at Queens Hospital on Monday night. Swapan worked for Bangladeshi newspaper Daily Manabzamin.
31.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Brasil. O jornalista Lauro Freitas Filho, de 61 anos, morreu no sábado, 28, no Rio de Janeiro, com sintomas da Covid-19. Editor-chefe do jornal “Monitor Mercantil”, Lauro Freitas Filho estava trabalhando na sua casa, acatando o isolamento social prescrito pelo governo do Rio.
31.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. United States. The US news industry is mourning the death of a veteran CBS News journalist who died as a result of the coronavirus. Maria Mercader, who worked at CBS News for more than three decades, died at a New York hospital at age 54, according to CBS. "Even more than her talents as a journalist, we will miss her indomitable spirit," said Susan Zirinsky, CBS News president and senior executive producer. Throughout her career, Mercader covered major news events such as the 9/11 attacks and Princess Diana's death. In 2004, she won a Business Emmy for her work on CBS Sunday Morning.
29.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Zimbabwe. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is sad to learn the death of a prominent journalist killed by the coronavirus. The Zimbabwean broadcaster Zororo Makamba (photo, 30) died from the virus. Famous for his online social and political commentary, under the banner "State of the Nation", his death achieved an unwanted milestone. He was the country's first coronavirus casualty and it shocked Zimbabwe. Family members have argued that his death has exposed the inadequacies of the country's medical response to the threat of coronavirus.
29.03.2020. Coronavirus. Italy. Morto a Bergamo Raffaele Masto: lo storico giornalista di Radio Popolare aveva 66 anni. Raccontava guerre e crisi umanitarie. Era noto per aver raccontato trent’anni di storia ed eventi dell’Africa. Lavorava nella redazione esteri di Radio Popolare ed era seguitissimo sul suo blog “Buon giorno Africa”.
28.03.2020. Coronavirus. Maroc. Le monde des médias est en deuil au Maroc. La journaliste Laila Tarzaim est décédée vendredi à l’hôpital Moulay Abdellah de Salé, des suites d’une infection au coronavirus. Elle avait 38 ans. La défunte a occupé les postes d’Office Manager de Medi 1 Rabat et d’assistante du PDG de la chaîne entre 2012 et 2016.
28.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. United States. Alan Finder, an unflappable eye in the storm of daily newspapering, reported on or oversaw coverage of New York City government, education, urban affairs, sports and international news during nearly three decades at The New York Times. He died on Tuesday at 72 at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J.
27.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Le Togo a enregistré vendredi 27 mars son premier décès lié au Covid-19. Il s’agit du journaliste Dominique Aliziou dont la mort a été annoncée par la famille du défunt. Selon togobreakingnews, le directeur de publication du journal Chronique de la semaine avait séjourné récemment en Europe et testé positif au Coronavirus.
25.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. Iran. Iranian men bury the journalist Abdollah Zavieh, who passed away due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Behesht Zahra cemetery in Tehran, Iran, March 24, 2020 (photo).
20.03.2020. CORONAVIRUS. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomed the joint statement issued by David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, and Edison Lanza, IACHR Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression calling on governments to promote and protect access to and free flow of information during COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the statement on PEC NEWS
26.02.2020. PAKISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) in Geneva mourns the death of two journalists in Pakistan. Javedullah Khan, 36, was shot dead Tuesday in Matta, in the Swat Valley (northwest of the country) when two gunmen opened fire on his vehicle. He worked as a bureau chief for the Urdu language newspaper Ausaf. A local police official confirmed that it was a targeted attack. Many of his relatives were killed due to their involvement in anti-Taliban peace committees. It is the second journalist killed this year in Pakistan after Aziz Memon (photo) , who worked for the privately-owned Sindhi TV channel KTN News and Sindhi-language Daily Kawish. He was found strangled to death in an irrigation ditch near the town of Mehrabpur (Sindh) on 16 February. The PEC condemns these murders and calls for independent investigations. Pakistan ranks among the world’s most dangerous countries for media workers.
Trabajaba como locutora de radio en La Poderosa, en Ciudad Juárez, una de las ciudades fronterizas entre México y Estados Unidos con alta presencia del crimen organizado. Recientemente se habia manifestado, desde sus redes sociales, en contra del asesinato de Fatima, femicidio que por sus resonancias aun conmueve a gran parte del pais. El PEC exige a las autoridades que garanticen el pronto esclarecimiento de lo ocurrido y la condena a los responsables. Es la primera periodista asesinada este año en México. El año pasado, 14 periodistas fueron asesinados en México.
16.02.2020. SOMALIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is sad to learn the heinous murder of journalist Abdiweli Ali Hassan (photo) in Agfoye, south of Mogadishu. The reporter was working with Universal TV. He was attacked by two unidentified gunmen who shot him in the head. The killing of the journalist is the first in Somalia in 2020. Last year, three media workers were killed in Somalia, one of the most dangerous countries for media. The PEC calls on local authorities to investigate this crime, bring its perpetrators to justice and to better ensure the safety of journalists who informs the public at great risk.
13.02.2020. PARAGUAY. Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condena el asesinato del periodista brasileño Lourenço Leo Veras (photo) encargado del portal web Pora News y corresponsal de varios medios brasileños en Pedro Juan Caballero en la frontera con Brasil. El PEC exhorta a las autoridades a realizar una investigación completa y exige proteccion de los colegas de la zona ante la inseguridad reinante.
06.02.2020. SYRIA. Media activist killed in Idlib. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the killing of Amjad Aktalati (photo), on February 4 in Ariha in Idlib countryside by Russian airstrikes. The brave media activist worked for several media outlets, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights. Amjad's last post on Facebook was "The situation is so catastrophic." This killing reminds us that the war in Syria is still raging. According to the United Nations, Russian-Assad offensive against opposition-held areas in Syria has displaced more than half a million people in two months, since 1 December, 80% women and children. In another incident, two journalists and two cameramen were injured on 3 February while covering the clashes near Aleppo city between the Syrian army and arned groups: reporter Diaa Qadour and Ibrahim Kahil, cameraman for al-Alam TV, Kinanah Aloush, a correspondent for Sama TV and Souhaib al-Masri cameraman of Al Kawthar TV. In a separate incident, Wafa Shabruni, a reporter working for Russia Today, was severely injured by ammunitions left by militants at Maarret-en-Nuuman in the province of Idlib. The PEC demands that the safety of journalists be guaranteed by all the belligerents.
In May 2018, the Ukrainian security services raided the office of RIA Novosti Ukraina and arrested Vyshinsky on charges of high treason. In July 2018, he was presented with additional charges and his pre-trial detention was extended several times. The PEC recalls that journalists should not under any circumstances be imprisoned for their journalistic work and must have the right to freely express opinions and dissenting views, even those that could be considered controversial.
Kashmir has nearly 180 English and Urdu daily newspapers, but only five are publishing these days due to restrictions imposed by Indian authorities to prevent unrest after New Delhi revoked the state’s autonomy.
Following a six-month investigation, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings issued her findings into the killing last October of Mr Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. "His killing was the result of elaborate planning involving extensive coordination and significant human and financial resources. It was overseen, planned and endorsed by high-level officials. It was premeditated", the report said. "The killing of Mr Khashoggi constitutes an international crime over which other States should claim universal jurisdiction. I call on those States to take the necessary measures to establish their competence to exercise jurisdiction under international law over this crime of extrajudicial execution,” Callamard said. The Special Rapporteur also determined that there was credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi officials’ individual liability, including that of the Crown Prince. Callamard called on the Human Rights Council, the Security Council or the UN Secretary-General to conduct an international follow-up criminal investigation for the purpose of determining individual liability and identifying options towards judicial accountability. The PEC fully agrees with the statement of Agnes Callamard and asks States to follow her recommendations.
The PEC condemns the aggression against the reporters and urges Mexican authorities to bring the responsible of this crime to justice and ensure the safety of journalists. Reynaldo López is already the third journalist to be murdered in Mexico this year, following the killing of radio host Jesús Ramos Rodríguez in Tabasco a week ago and the assassination of community radio director Rafael Murúa in Baja California in January. Mexico was the most dangerous country for journalists in 2018 with Afghanistan.
In a decade, from 2009 to 2018, the final figure is 1225 journalists and media workers killed, 122 per year, on average 2,34 per week.
read the updated PEC press release on PEC NEWS
Non à l'impunité. L’UNESCO lance l’Observatoire des journalistes assassinés, qui répertorie les mesures prises pour punir les crimes commis contre les professionnels des médias - la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) se félicite de cette initiative en espérant qu'elle aidera à combattre l'impunité. Lien avec l'Observatoire sur notre page NO IMPUNITY
The first explosion happened at around 6pm Kabul time, targeting a wrestling gym in Qala-e-Nazer area in Kabul’s PD6, while the second explosion was a car bombing that according to officials left at least 20 people dead and more than 70 others wounded, Tolonews said. According to the ToloNews, Farmarz had been reporting live from the scene of the first explosion - just minutes before the explosion happened. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombings but sympathizers of the Islamic State (Daesh) claimed to have been behind April attack in Kabul which claimed lives of nine journalists.
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On the same day, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Turkey had acted illegally in detaining two journalists despite the Supreme Court issuing an order for their release. Mehmet Atlan and Sahin Alpay were two of hundreds of journalists arrested on tenuous terror charges after the July 2016 failed coup attempt. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the first ECHR verdict on the situation facing journalists in Turkey and urges Ankara to reverse conviction of Turkish journalists. The ECHR noted that "there is a general problem in Turkey concerning the interpretation of anti-terrorism laws," and agreed with the plaintiffs that "dealing with matters of public interest" did not constitute incitement to violence.
Shamshad TV is Afghanistan’s major Pashto-language station. This attack highlights the risks facing journalists, who are increasingly targets in the war-torn country. This is the second deadly attack on media organizations in Afghanistan in 2017. On May 17, six people including four employees of the RTA state broadcaster were killed in an ISIS raid in Jalalabad.
(Photo: a screen grab of Parwiz Sapy, a Shamshad TV news anchor who was wounded by shattered glass in the attack. Shamshad TV stopped broadcasting during the attack but resumed a few hours later)
09.10.2017. VENEZUELA. La Campaña Emblema de Prensa (PEC, por sus siglas en inglés) se muestra satisfecha por la liberación, este lunes por la mañana, de tres periodistas detenidos el sábado pasado en Venezuela. Se trata de Filippo Rossi (27), un periodista suizo independiente de Lugano y quien trabaja para el diario milanés, Il Giornale. El segundo liberado es el italiano, Roberto Di Matteo, quien también trabaja para el mismo diario. Y el último profesional que recobró su libertad es Jesús Medina, colaborador del sitio web DolarToday, opuesto al gobierno. Según el Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Prensa (SNTP), los tres periodistas fueron acusados de poseer dispositivos de registro electrónicos no autorizados durante una investigación efectuada en la penitenciaría de Tocorón, en el estado de Aragua. Esta prisión está ubicada a unos cien kilómetros al suroeste de la capital, Caracas.
Los tres periodistas fueron arrestados por la Guardia Nacional Venezolana. Una foto que los mostraba desde atrás, aparentemente esposados y vigilados por dos soldados, fue transmitida por el SNTP y su caso fue conocido mundialmente. Representantes sindicales y abogados pudieron reunirse con los detenidos antes de que fueran liberados.
Lankesh (photo, 55), a respected veteran journalist and outspoken critic of Hindu nationalists, was shot dead outside her home in Rajarajeshwarinagar in northern Bengaluru, Karnataka, as she returned from work and as she entered through the gate of her home. Lankesh died at the scene after receiving gunshots to the head and chest. Lankesh edited and published a Kannada-language weekly newspaper Gauri Lankesh Patrike and wrote in the English media.
Christopher Allen (photo, 26), a US freelance reporter and photographer who had written for various outlets, was embedded with rebel forces when fighting broke out. He was killed in a firefight between government forces and rebels near the Ugandan border. The warring sides have given conflicting accounts of his death and whether he was wearing a press vest when he died.
30.07.2017. TURKEY. A Turkish court ordered the release of seven suspects in the trial of 17 journalists and executives from the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet on Friday 28 July. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the decision and calls on the Turkish authorities to release all other journalists currently imprisoned. The next hearing is listed for 11 September. The trial, which began on Monday 24 July, involved 17 Cumhuriyet journalists and executives wrongfully accused of secretly supporting the PKK – a militant Kurdish organisation and FETO, the group allegedly responsible for last year’s failed coup. The PEC condemned a politically motivated effort to criminalize journalism. The 7 released journalists and executives are Musa Kart, Bülent Utku, Turan Günay, Önder Çelik, Kemal Güngör, Hakan Karasinir and Güray Öz. Following Friday’s decision, journalists Kadri Gürsel, Ahmet Şık, Akin Atalay, Murat Sabuncu and teacher Ahmet Kemal Aydogdu will remain in prison. Arrest warrants for Can Dündar and Ilhan Tanir remained in place.
“Despite the demand to shut down Al Jazeera, all our journalists carried on doing their job. We have stood firm on the quality of our journalism. Demands were made to shut down Aljazeera so let’s make a demand ourselves: on behalf of all journalists we demand that journalists be allowed to do their job without threat or intimidation”, said Giles Trendle (photo), Aljazeera English Managing Director & Director of Programmes (Read the full PEC interview on PEC NEWS)
25.06.2017. DON'T MISS UNESCO MEETING IN GENEVA 29 JUNE. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) attends the Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Strengthening the Implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. The consultation brings together key stakeholders to take stock of developments in the area of safety of journalists and the issue of impunity, within the context of the first five years of implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. For more information on the Multi-Stakeholder Consultation, please find here the concept note. You will find also here:
- The draft report that details the key achievements, challenges and lessons learnt from the implementation to date of the UN Plan.
- The list of draft recommendations, which has been drafted in the light of the submissions received from stakeholders within the framework of a global consultation. This document constitutes the primary object of discussion at the Multi-Stakeholder Consultation the 29 June 2017.
22.06.2017. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins a coalition of freedom of expression and journalists’ organisations urging all 57 OSCE participating States to urgently appoint a new Representative on Freedom of the Media. The former mandate holder, Dunja Mijatović, left Office on 10 March 2017. She has done remarkable work documenting the violations in the whole region and she intervened successfully several times. Dunja was awarded by the PEC Prize in Geneva in June 2015 (photo). There has been no announcement of her successor. Continued failure to appoint a successor will weaken protections for freedom of the media across the OSCE region, at a time when media organisations are under critical attack. Here is the letter to the members of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), calling for the appointment of a new Representative on Freedom of the Media without delay, to ensure the Office’s achievements over the last two decades are not lost.
The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expresses its condolences to the families of French journalist Stephan Villeneuve (photo) and Iraqi Kurdish journalist Bakhtiar Haddad killed by an explosive device while they were covering Iraqi operations in the Ras Al-Jadah district of Mosul, in northern Iraq, on Monday. Villeneuve was a very experienced reporter who had covered wars all over the world. Véronique Robert, another French reporter was badly injured by the same explosion. She, Villeneuve and Haddad were all on assignment in Mosul for the France 2 TV channel’s programme Envoyé Spécial. They were accompanying Iraqi army forces in areas held by Islamic State in the old town. Iraq is one of the world's deadliest countries for journalists. Sixteen journalists were killed last year in Iraq and now five since the beginning of this year. PEC warned of the high risks for journalists in the battle of Mosul several times.
Photographe indépendant collaborant notamment au Monde et au Wall Street Journal, Mathias Depardon a été arrêté le 8 mai alors qu'il réalisait un reportage pour le magazine National Geographic sur le déplacement d'un tombeau médieval menacé d'inondation à Hasankyef, dans la province de Batman, au sud-est du pays. Il était soupçonné de «propagande terroriste» pour des photos de militantes du Parti des travailleurs du Kurdistan (PKK) publiées dans des médias français et sur les réseaux sociaux. Par deux fois, le président farnçais Emmanuel Macron a discuté de sa situation avec le président turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan. La mobilisation, notamment grâce aux efforts de RSF, a payé. "C'est un bon signe, mais 165 autres journalistes sont détenus en Turquie. Il faut continuer à se mobiliser", a affirmé à Genève le secrétaire général de la PEC Blaise Lempen. La PEC avait consacré son prix annuel à la liberté de la presse en Turquie le 1er juin et avait demandé à cette occasion la libération, entre autres journalistes emprisonnés, de Mathias Depardon. "Je pense que l’idée était d’envoyer un message assez fort auprès des journalistes étrangers et turcs qui ont pour but de faire des sujets dans le sud-est de la Turquie", a estimé le journaliste après son expulsion de Turquie et son retour en France. Les régions kurdes du sud-est, ainsi que les abords de la frontière avec la Syrie, sont des zones où les journalistes ne sont pas bienvenus.
"Turkish journalists are being punished for telling the truth, for saying things those in power do not want to hear. In fact there are 169 Turkish journalists behind bars making Turkey the world's most vicious prosecutor of journalists", he added.
The index is based on a six-month period and is published twice a year, to coincide with World Press Freedom Day on 3 May and the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November.
Read more on the official website, where you will find the concept note and more information about the event,
Read the survey of the Global Investigative Journalism Network: Looking for a Suicidal Job? Try Iraqi War Reporter: http://urlz.fr/4PSq
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In YEMEN, on Saturday the 8th October the Saudi -led coalition have carried out a series of devastating airstrikes on a funeral procession in the capital of Yemen that killed more than 140, and over 500 people were injured including cameraman Hashim Al-Shami of Al-Masirah Satellite Television. Since the War on Yemen began more than 15 journalists have been killed, and eight media outlasts were deliberately destroyed. The PEC requests that all parties fully implement the international law on safety of journalists working in war zones; which include the UN Security Council adopted resolution 1738, the UN Human Rights Council Resolutions on the Safety of Journalists, the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. The PEC regrets that the Human Rights Council has not decided at its last session to undertake an international investigation into the violations committed by all parties in Yemen including against journalists, media worker, and media outlasts.
06.09.2016. SYRIA: ONE MORE JOURNALIST KILLED IN ALEPPO. Shamel Al Ahmed (photo) was one of the Aleppo Media Center founders. He passed away on 2 September in an hospital in Gaziantep after a struggle with his wounds being hit with a barrel bomb in Aleppo two weeks ago along with his wife who passed away four days ago. He was well known with his good moral and a bright smile. He captured with his camera, horror and poetry of a city guilty only of wanting to be free, to be against the dictatorial regime of Assad, against the terror of his bombs, of those of its allies.
18.08.2016. BURUNDI: journalist Jean Bigirimana missing for four weeks. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) asks the United Nations to investigate the disappearance of the Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana (photo) missing for four weeks. Bigirimana, a reporter with the independent weekly newspaper Iwacu, left his home in the capital Bujumbura on July 22. He has not been seen or heard from since. The worst is feared: Iwacu's editor in Burundi has issued a cry for help after two bodies were found during a search for his missing journalist. There are more than 100 Burundian journalists in exile, and the very last media houses have been facing extraordinary pressures and threats for over a year now. Instead of helping the search being conducted by the Iwacu team, the police tried to obstruct it.
28.07.2016. TURKEY. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC ) joins the solidarity campaign launched by the European and International Federation of Journalists (EFJ/IFJ) with the Turkish journalists following the new attacks on press freedom and human rights in Turkey since the coup attempt on 15 July. We invite PEC partners to help the Turkish colleagues by:
- sending a letter to the Turkish ambassador in your country and/or your national government (sample letters enclosed)
- signing and sharing the Amnesty International petition “Rights hard-won cannot be taken away”, calling on President Erdogan to uphold human rights in Turkey
- sharing in your social media and website the visual “Did you know? Journalism is not a crime” #JournalismIsNotACrime
The EFJ and the IFJ are also monitoring the situation regarding detained/arrested journalists and press freedom violations since 15 July. A list of detained journalists is available here and all the alerts submitted to the Council of Europe platform for the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists, here.
The Islamic State group has reportedly released a video that shows five media activists from Syria being executed according to an Associated Press (AP) report. "The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights received a copy of a video issued by the 'Islamic state' in Deir Ezzor, where it showed 5 media activists from Deir Ezzor province," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in a post on its verified Facebook page. It gave the name of the five as Samer Mohamad al-Aboud, Mahmoud Shaaban al-Haj Kheder, Mohamad Abdulkader al-Essa, Mostafa Haj Hasa and SOHR activist Sami Jodat al-Rabah.
"The first one was executed by cutting his throat with a knife, the second activist was executed by tying him to his laptop then tying his laptop to explosives and detonating it inside his house," said SOHR in the post. It went on to add that "the third activist was executed by tying him to a metal door and choking him using an iron chain, the fourth one was executed by slaughtering him using a sharp object". It also said: "And the last activist was executed by hanging his camera to his neck and detonating it after tying him it to the balcony of his house". The post also said the activists had been executed on charges of "acting against the Islamic state, communicating with outside parties and receiving funds, and other charges." The AP report quoted the SOHR as saying that Isis had abducted the five activists in October last year and executed them in December. The PEC adds their names to its casualties' list just today because we heard the news only now.
The PEC pays tribute to the courage of those who continue to inform us despite the barbarity of such acts.
Receiving the PEC award at the Swiss Press Club in Geneva
(here with the PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen), Zhanna
Nemtsova said : "I strongly believe in free journalism (...)
Unfortunately we now in Russia don't only have independent
media. We have propaganda. My father put it this way "
Russian propaganda is a weapon of mass destruction of
people's brains". It breeds hatred towards the so-called
enemies, the West, and to opponents of the regime within the
country and leads to aggressive behavior. Finally it aims at
destroying people 's ability of critical thinking. Russian state-
controlled media present a very simple picture of the world
where there are only two colors: black and white".
Gilkey, 50, was an award-winning journalist who had extensive experience covering conflicts in Gaza, South Africa, Iraq, the Balkans and Afghanistan. Tamanna was a freelance journalist who worked for NPR as well as the NBC News and Turkey’s Anadolu News Agency. He had also worked with Chinese news agency Xinhua as a photojournalist. So far, 10 media workers have been killed in Afghanistan this year, a very heavy toll.
The prominent Azerbaijani investigative journalist has been released on probation after her detention was widely criticised by activists. Khadija Ismayilova was arrested in December 2014 and sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail in September last year. She was freed by the country’s supreme court on Wednesday 25 May after judges ruled her sentence would be changed to a three-and-a-half-year suspended term. Speaking after she left court (photo), Ismayilova said she would persist with her reporting and push for a full acquittal. “I will continue my journalist work with renewed energy,” she said. “I feel younger and more energetic, and I will fight until the end.”
SYRIA. GOOD NEWS ! THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) WELCOMES THE RELEASE OF THREE SPANISH JOURNALISTS AFTER ALMOST A YEAR IN CAPTIVITY. Reports suggested they had been kidnapped by al-Nusra Front. They arrived in Madrid on Sunday 8 May and were received by friends and family (photo). The trio were flown on a Spanish defence ministry jet from Turkey. A statement from the spanish prime minister's office said that "allied and friendly" countries had helped to secure the journalists' release, highlighting the role of Turkey and Qatar which had provided assistance "especially in the final phase".
BUENA NOTICIA. PEC se felicita por la liberación de tres periodistas españoles Antonio Pampliega, José Manuel López y Ángel Sastre, secuestrados en Alepo, al norte de Siria, en julio del año pasado. Los reporteros, a quienes se perdió la pista el 12 de julio de 2015, llevaban cubriendo la guerra en Siria desde su estallido en 2011. Pampliega y López han publicado en la prensa española amplios reportajes narrando el drama de los civiles sirios.
“In the space of two hours we have experienced two assassination attempts: one was done with a gun, the other was judicial,” said Can Dündar, speaking in front of the court after the verdict was announced Friday, May 6. “The [jail sentences] we received are not just to silence us. The bullet was not just to silence us. This was done to all of us, to scare us into silence, to make us stop talking", he added, according to reports. Dündar, editor-in-chief of Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, and fellow journalist Erdem Gül, its Ankara bureau chief, were acquitted on charges of trying to overthrow the government, but convicted of publishing secret state documents. Dündar was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison and Gül to five years. “This is a verdict against journalism and we don’t accept it,” said Gül. The verdict came on a dramatic day in which an attacker fired several shots in quick succession at Dündar, who was unharmed. NTV television reported that one of its reporters had suffered minor injuries from ricocheting bullets. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the verdict and the attack against the journalists and urges the court of appeal to acknowldege that Dündar and Gül were only doing their job.
World Press Freedom Day 2016 - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the killing of 40 journalists since the beginning of 2016 and is launching a new index to rate countries according to their safety for journalists
Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse 2016 - La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) condamne le meurtre de 40 journalistes depuis le début de l'année et lance un nouvel indice sur la sécurité des journalistes
Día Mundial de la Libertad de la Prensa en 2016 - La PEC condena el asesinato de 40 periodistas desde comienzos del año y lanza un nuevo índice sobre la seguridad de los periodistas
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The Egypt's Press Syndicate has called on members to continue a round-the-clock sit-in at the HQ (photo) until Wednesday's general assembly. The interior ministry said in a statement Monday, May 2 that it followed all legal procedures while carrying out the arrests. The two journalists are accused of "inciting violation of the protest law, disrupting security and attempting to destabilise the country," the ministry added. Amr Badr, editor-in-chief and founder of Yanair (January) news portal, and journalist Mahmoud El-Sakka, who works for the same website, were staging a sit-in in the syndicate to protest against their arrest warrants as well as the storming of their homes by security forces last month. Syndicate head Yehia Qallash and other journalists said the ministry's move was a clear violation of Egyptian press law.
"Today Turkey seized one of the country's leading newspapers. In so doing, Turkey has confirmed that it is no longer committed to a free press, which is the bedrock of any democratic society. We, the undersigned, ask the court to reverse its decision to seize Zaman and urge the international community to speak out against Turkey's repeated attempts to stifle a free and independent media."
MARCH 2016. SYRIA. PEC condemns artillery attacks in Syria wounding foreign journalists on press tour. A group of 33 foreign journalists have been targeted in an attack in the northern Syrian province of Latakia. The group was on a trip organized by Russian officials. Journalists from China, Bulgaria and Canada suffered minor injuries in the incident. The incident took place near the border town of Kessab, on March 1, when eight shells were fired in total. The shells have landed some 150-400 meters from the journalists, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said. The Syrian army is blaming the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front for the attack, but there is no confirmation from an independent source.
Mexico continúa la cuenta de periodistas asesinados. El cadáver de Anabel Flores Salazar, secuestrada por un comando armado en su casa en Veracruz, ha sido hallado al borde de una carretera del Estado de Puebla. En El Sol de Orizaba había trabajado como colaboradora los últimos seis meses. La especialidad de Flores era la información sobre crímenes. La periodista tenía 32 años y era madre de un bebé recién nacido y de otro niño de cuatro años.
JANUARY 2016. TURKEY. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins other organizations to protest again the indictment of a Turkish prosecutor demanding on 27/01/2016 during a court hearing in Istanbul “aggravated life imprisonment and imprisonment up to 30 years” for Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, two journalists working for the daily Cumhuriyet in Turkey. Can Dündar, editor in chief of Cumhuriyet and Erdem Gül, the newspaper’s bureau chief in Ankara have been accused of aiding a terrorist organisation and disclosure of classified documents, which showed that Turkey’s intelligence agency secretly armed rebel Islamist groups in Syria. The two journalists are arrested since 26 November 2015 and detained in Silivri detention camp. Together with a coalition of press freedom groups, the PEC calls on authorities in Turkey to immediately release Dündar and Gül and drop all charges against them. They only work for the public interest.
MEXICO. PEC condemns the murder of two journalists in Oaxaca state. Marcos Hernández Bautista, a 38-year-old correspondent for the news organization Noticias Voz e Imagen of Oaxaca, was shot in the head while getting into his car on the night of Jan 21, in San Andrés Huaxpaltepec in the Costa Region of Oaxaca state. Marcos had expressed fear because in some publications he had touched on political interests and those interests of chiefs in the region. Also in Oaxaca, Reynel Martínez Cerqueda, a host at community radio station "Manantial" of Santiago Laollaga, was killed on Jan. 22. Three journalists were found murdered in Oaxaca last year. Abel Manuel Bautista Raymundo, founder and director of Radio Espacio 96.1 FM, was killed on April 14, 2015. The body of Veracruz radio journalist Armando Saldaña Morales was found in the state on May 4. And radio journalist Filadelfo Sánchez Sarmiento was killed outside his office at La Favorita 103.3 FM on July 2.
YEMEN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) demands the immediate release of three Aljazeera Arabic news staff believed to have been kidnapped in the city of Taiz in southern Yemen. According to Al Jazeera, its Arabic correspondent, Hamdi Al-Bokari and his crew, journalist Abdulaziz Al-Sabri and driver Moneer Al-Sabai, were last seen on January 18. The team was covering events in the besieged city of Taiz, which is controlled by Yemeni forces and armed groups loyal to Yemeni president and is surrounded by rebels forces. The PEC joins calls on warrying parties in Yemen to do their utmost to protect media professional’s safety on the ground. The abduction comes just days after Yemeni journalist Almigdad Mojalli was killed on 17 January in an air raid by the Saudi-led coalition in the capital, Sana’a.
Al Jazeera channel’s Arabic correspondent Hamdi Al-Bokari and his crew, journalist Abdulaziz Al-Sabri and driver Moneer Al-Sabai, have been released, the Qatari cable news network said January 28. The PEC welcomes the safe return of the TV crew.
The Venezuelan journalist was a strong supporter of the governments of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. Ricardo Duran was killed outside his home Wednesday 20 January in Caracas. His work colleague, Daniel Aponte, told VTV, “They did not take anything from Ricardo Duran, not his wallet, nor money, nor his cell phone, nor his side arm, not even his car.” PEC calls for a thorough investigation.
AFGHANISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the barbaric attack on Afghan TV channel TOLO in Kabul. Seven employees of popular Afghan TV channel TOLO were killed Wednesday 20 January when a Taliban car bomber rammed into their minibus in Kabul, just months after the militants declared the network a legitimate "military target". At least 25 other people were wounded in the first major attack on an Afghan media organisation since the Taliban were ousted from power in 2001. The deadly assault spotlights the growing dangers faced by media workers in Afghanistan, as the security situation worsens amid a growing wave of militant attacks. The PEC is shocked and saddened by this outrage and demands that those responsible are arrested and brought to justice.
PEC press release on PEC NEWS (English and Arabic)
La PEC pleure la mort de la photographe franco-marocaine Leila Alaoui.
IRAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the release of the US-Iranian journalist Jason Rezaian (photo) as part of a prisoner exchange after spending 543 days in detention.
The Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief was one of four American-Iranian prisoners who were released in exchange for seven Iranians held in US custody on Saturday 16 January. Washington Post publisher, Frederick Ryan released a statement welcoming the announcement, saying: “We couldn’t be happier to hear the news that Jason Rezaian has been released from Evin Prison". His newspaper said that the journalist had been subjected to physical and psychological mistreatment during his detention. He was accused of spying for US government officials before he was eventually convicted of espionage in October and sentenced to jail.
PAKISTAN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns as an attack against press freedom a grenade attack on the Islamabad offices of Pakistani broadcaster ARY News 13 January. A video editor was wounded. Daesh Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the attack in pamphlets thrown outside the office, according to reports. Copies of the pamphlets warned the broadcaster about its coverage of the Pakistani military offensive against militants in the North Waziristan tribal region. PEC condemns intimidation of journalists by terrorist groups anywhere in the world. Media are independent and not part of the military institution. More on:
Israel. Break the silence. Hunger-striking Palestinian journalist's health failing
JANUARY 2016. PEC update: 135 journalists killed in 2015 in 33 countries - risks very high in 2016
DECEMBER 2015. SOMALIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is horrified and strongly condemns the attempted murder in Mogadishu of Omar Faruk Osman, Secretary general of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ). Omar Faruk is a supporter of the PEC since the launch of our ONG in 2004 and we frequently joined our efforts during the sessions of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. According to reports, Osman was entering 29 December the union’s office in the Taleh area in Mogadishu when his car was sprayed with bullets by gunmen and he only owed his life to the quick thinking of his body guards, one of them was wounded in the attack as well two pedestrians (photo nusoj/ifj: Omar Faruk speaking at the HRC session in Geneva) (read the PEC press release English and Arabic on PEC NEWS)
ONE MORE SYRIAN JOURNALIST KILLED IN TURKEY. The PEC condemns the murder of Syrian journalist and filmmaker Naji Jerf gunned down in Gaziantep, in Turkey near the Syrian border. Editor-in-chief of the monthy Hentah and the maker of documentary films on the group Islamic State, he was killed 27 December by unknown assaillants in front of a building that houses Syrian opposion news outlets in Gaziantep. The PEC calls on Turkish authorities to sep up measures to protect all Syrian journalists on Turkish soil.
Naji Jerf, 38, was shot with a silenced pistol in downtown Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, Turkish media reported. Mr Jerf was the film director for Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a group of journalists who risk their lives daily to report on IS abuses. It is the second murder of a member of the group in December, after Ahmad Mohammed al-Mousa was killed in Idlib, in Syria. Mr Jerf directed two recent documentaries about the group - one about the killing of Syrian activists in Aleppo, the other about the work of RBSS. As well as his work with RBSS, Mr Jerf was editor-in-chief of Hentah, a Syrian magazine that reports on the "daily lives of Syrian citizens", according to the publication's website.
Somalia ranks 5th with 42 killed, then Brazil 36 and the Philippines 34.
NOVEMBER 2015. Speech delivered by PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen at a reception by the Association of correspondents to the United Nations in Geneva (26/11): "The war in Syria has cost the lives of many colleagues. It has been allowed to deteriorate and we harvest bitter fruits in Europe (...) // "On a laissé pourrir la guerre en Syrie qui a coûté la vie à beaucoup de collègues. On en récolte aujourd'hui les fruits amers en Europe (...) (read the full speech on PEC NEWS)
- OCTOBER 2015: BURUNDI - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the murder of a TV cameraman and his family in Bujumbura. At least seven people were killed in shootings and a grenade attack on Tuesday 13 October in Burundi's capital, police and residents said, in a further spate of violence following the election of President Pierre Nkurunziza to a third term. Residents of the Ngagara neighbourhood - a stronghold for opposition supporters - said two police officers and a television cameraman and his family were among the dead. Residents identified the cameraman as Christophe Nkezabahizi who worked with state-run RTNB radio and television station, who they said was shot dead along with his wife and two children.
- ISRAEL-PALESTINE - 39 attacks against journalists in 10 days. PEC concerned about excessive use of force, urges calm and restraint (read on PEC NEWS)
- The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes new security information sharing, training, insurance and communications initiatives launched on Safety Principles - Sotloff Foundation and four U.S. television networks sign on (read on PEC NEWS)
- SEPTEMBER 2015. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 30th session. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign - PEC mira con profunda preocupación la situación de violencia contra profesionales de periodismo en América Latina (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS and an interview with Dario Cervantes, PEC Rep at the UN)
- EGYPT. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the release of al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed following a presidential pardon. The journalists were facing a retrial on the charge of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood but has been pardoned among 100 prisoners by Egyptian president El Sisi - The PEC has repeatedly called for a presidential pardon for the release of the two journalists and thanks Egyptian president, even it is late - international solidarity paid (23/09)
- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. 30th session. TWO STATEMENTS DELIVERED BY THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN:: interactive dialogue with of the Commission of inquiry on Syria: "the dimension of the conflict has changed, it is time to act" - item 4 situations that require the Council's attention: "more than 100 journalists killed from the outset of the year"(21/09) (read the PEC statements on PEC NEWS)
Assange, Manning and Snowden, "traitors" or heroes of our time? The public can respond by mounting a fourth chair intentionally left empty. "Art has the power to make things happen. The chair has a double meaning. It may be comfortable, but it can also be a pedestal to grow, to have a better perspective, to learn. All three of them mounted on a chair with courage at their own risk and peril ", said Davide Dormino.
- The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the release of Syrian human rights activist and journalist Mazen Darwish after spending more than three years in prison in Syria. Mazen Darwish received the PEC award in absentia in Geneva in June 2012.
Darwish is still facing trial and is due to attend a court hearing later this month. He was jailed for reporting on the government's crackdown on protesters in the early days of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
The PEC heartily congratulates his wife Yara Badr and his family members and calls on the Syrian regime to drop all remaining charges against Mazen Darwish.
Jose Manuel Lopez, Angel Sastre, and Antonio Pampliega, are missing in Syria since July 13
IRAQ/SYRIA. THE PEC IS APPALLED BY THE CONTINUED DRAMATIC SITUATION FOR MEDIA: FOUR FOREIGN JOURNALISTS MISSING - TWO MORE JOURNALISTS KILLED IN MOSUL BY THE GROUP ISLAMIC STATE - TWO MEDIA ACTIVISTS working for Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), one of the few remaining independent news sources in the province, killed according to a video of ISIS (see Casualties, read on PEC news)
READ OUR PEC biennial report: 7 percent increase in the number of journalists killed in 6 months // Rapport de la PEC : hausse de 7% du nombre de journalistes tués en six mois // Informe del PEC: aumenta un 7% en el número de periodistas asesinados en seis meses // تقرير حملة الشارة: 7 بالمائة زيادة فى مقتل الصحفيين من يناير ليونيو //Организация The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) зарегистрировала увеличение числа убитых журналистов в мире на 7 %. По данным PEC, с января по июнь в 24 странах был убит 71 журналист. При этом, Украина в списке занимает 7 место по количеству погибших сотрудников СМИ © Центр журналистских расследований
(Read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS, English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian, list of victims on our page CASUALTIES)
The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) has registered a 7 percent increase in the number of journalists killed from January to June in 24 countries, the number has gone up to 71 journalists killed. This increase is related to the intense fighting in Middle East.
Countries with the highest casualties are as follows: France 8, Libya 8, Iraq 6, South Sudan 6, Yemen 6, Mexico 4, Ukraine 4, Brazil 3, Honduras 3, Guatemala 3, the Philippines 3, Colombia 2, India 2, Pakistan 2, Syria 2. One journalist was killed in each of the following countries: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Gaza, Indonesia, Kenya, Paraguay, Poland, and Somalia.
- JUNE 2015. GAZA: Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) at the HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 29th session - on the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Gaza: the PEC urges both sides to carry out swift, credible and independent investigations (full statement on PEC NEWS)
The Press Emblem Campaign expresses at the Human Rights Council its disappointement that on 12 June, an Israeli military tribunal has closed the case involving the killing by Israeli shelling of four children in Gaza in July 2014 without any further legal proceedings – criminal or disciplinary – to be taken against those involved in the incident. Journalists were direct witnesses of the attack on a beach in Gaza City on 16 July 2014. Four young Palestinian boys were killed (Credit Tyler Hicks, The New York Times).
- MAROC: la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) soutient le combat du journaliste marocain Ali Lmrabet et demande aux autorités marocaines de régulariser sa situation
Ali Lmrabet (photo) a commencé le 24 juin une grève de la faim devant le siège de l'ONU à Genève parce que le Maroc refuse de lui renouveler ses papiers. "Je suis un journaliste indépendant et c'est ce qui dérange", a-t-il expliqué. Le journaliste a l'intention de relancer ses journaux satiriques au Maroc, mais ne peut le faire sans certificat de résidence. NOUVEAU: Ali Lmrabet a cessé sa grève de la faim le 28 juillet après avoir reçu des assurances du ministère marocain de l'Intérieur qu'il pourra renouveler son passeport et obtenir un certificat de résidence dans son pays. La PEC est soulagée et félicite Ali Lmrabet pour sa ténacité (pec)
- YEMEN. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) at the HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 29th session: The PEC is very concerned that the space for free journalism is decreasing because of tensions in the whole region (read the full PEC statement on PEC NEWS, english and arabic)
- SYRIA. Statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) at the HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 29th session: Fewer journalists are covering the war - The Commission of Inquiry reports are more necessary than ever to prevent victims are forgotten. PEC hopes that impunity will not prevail and that a tribunal will in the near future judge all those responsible for crimes and atrocities committed (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
"The continuing war represents a profound failure of diplomacy (...) While upholding the need for a political solution, some States have deepened their military involvment, accentuating the internationalisation of the conflict", said in his statement, the chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic Paulo Sergio Pinheiro (here with Carla del Ponte, member of the COI). "The absence of decisive action by the community of States, as a whole, has nourished a now deeply entrenched culture of impunity", stressed the chair.
- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 29th session: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the first report of the new UN Rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye, calls for an independent expert on freedom of the press (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
- AZERBAIJAN: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the release of journalist Emin Huseynov who had been sheltering for 10 months at the Swiss Embassy in Baku, deplores that seven journalists remain behind the bars (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
Switzerland has flown out of Azerbaijan the opposition journalist Emin Huseynov (photo) who had been sheltering for 10 months at its embassy in Baku, a day after the inaugural European Games opened in the tightly-controlled country. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the arrival in Switzerland of the opposition journalist and congratulates the swiss diplomats for their successful efforts, but deplores that seven other journalists remain behind the bars on the basis of fabricated charges.
- UKRAINE - The PEC AWARD 2015 honors the fallen journalists in Ukraine - Le prix PEC 2015 honore les journalistes tués en Ukraine (PEC statement on PEC NEWS English, French, Ukrainian and Russian - click left on our special page PEC AWARD for speeches, photos and more)
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic (photo) was the guest speaker at the PEC event June 4 in Geneva attended by more than 40 diplomats, journalists, NGOs representatives. "The media freedom situation in Ukraine is very complex. The main media freedom issue in this conflict is journalists'safety; journalists are being threatened, intimidated and attacked just for doing their job", stressed Ms Mijatovic.
"False and misleading information must be countered and fought with truthful and factual information, that must be the basis encountering and addressing propaganda", she added. Ms Mijatovic called to fight propaganda and incitment to hostility or violence.
At the Swiss Press Club during the award ceremony on Thursday 4 June, from left to right: PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen, OSCE Representative for freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic, Liudmyla Zlobina, Executive Director Information Press Center in Kiev, and the Mayor of Geneva, Esther Alder (photo pec) // de gauche à droite pendant la cérémonie au Club suisse de la presse jeudi 4 juin: le secrétaire général de la PEC Blaise Lempen, la représentante de l'OSCE pour la liberté des médias Dunja Mijatovic, la directrice de l'Information Press Center à Kiev Liudmyla Zlobina et la maire de Genève, Esther Alder (photo pec)
- UNITED NATIONS. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolution 2222 on the protection of journalists in conflict situations by the UN Security Council (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS, text of the resolution on DOCUMENTS)
- YEMEN: PEC calls for an enquiry on the killing of two more journalists - kidnapped by Houthis and bombed by the coalition (read on OTHER NEWS)
- BRAZIL: The Press Emblem Campaign shocked. Brazilian reporter Evany José Metzker investigating drug-dealing and child prostitution case found decapitated (read reports on OTHER NEWS)
The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) demanded that the crime be investigated rigorously and quickly. Violence against professional journalists is growing all over Brazil. The investigative reporter Evany Jose Metzker (photo) was found decapitated in the town of Padre Paraiso, in Minas Gerais state, authorities said May 19. Metzker, 67, wrote an investigative reporting blog called Coruja do Vale, which published news of crime and corruption, along with critical articles about politicians in the Valle del Jequitinhonha region, a poor rural area of northeast Minas Gerais.
- SYRIA: PEC deeply concerned by the enforced disappearance of Mazen Darwish, Hani Al-Zaitani and Hussain Ghrer, respectively President and members of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), who are arbitrarily detained since February 2012, and have been unaccounted for since May 3, 2015 - Mazen Darwish was awarded the PEC Prize in June 2012 and on May 3, 2015 the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize (read on OTHER NEWS)
- PEC welcomes the JOINT DECLARATION ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND RESPONSES TO CONFLICT SITUATIONS adopted by the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media, the Organization of American States (OAS) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (read on OTHER NEWS)
- World Press Freedom Day 2015 - PEC alarmed: the safety of journalists in many countries has deteriorated // Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse 2015 - La PEC alarmée : détérioration des conditions de la sécurité des journalistes dans plusieurs pays // Día mundial de la libertad de prensa 2015 - La PEC alarmada: deterioro de las condiciones de seguridad de los periodistas en numerosos países (read the PEC statement English, French, Spanish and Arabic on PEC NEWS)
Since the beginning of the year, in 4 months, 53 journalists were killed in 20 countries against 41 during the same period last year, an increase of 29% - more than 3 journalists killed a week, a very worrying trend, according to the PEC figures.
- LIBYA: PEC is deeply shocked by the discovery of the bodies of four libyan journalists and one egyptian photographer - Libya has become the most dangerous country this year (read on PEC NEWS)
- YEMEN: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns an air strike targeting the TV station Yemen Today in Sana'a which killed one journalist and three staff members (read reports on OTHER NEWS)
- The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes UNESCO’s Executive Board meeting clear message: Improving the safety for all journalists (read the UNESCO statement on OTHER NEWS)
- UKRAINE: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns the murder of prominent Ukrainian journalist Oles Buzina shot dead in Kiev (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
The PEC stressed that whatever the motivations are journalists must be spared from being targeted because of political rivalries.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered "a quick and transparent" investigation into the murders of a pro-Russian journalist Oles Buzina (photo) and an ex-lawmaker loyal to ousted President Viktor Yanukovich. "Their nature and political import are clear - this is a deliberate act, which plays into the hands of our enemies," his press service quoted him as saying in an online statement.
- YEMEN: Norwegian journalist missing after arrest - PEC calls for his immediate release (read on OTHER NEWS)
- The press Emblem Campaign (PEC) denounces the cyberattack on TV5 Monde that paralyzed its network, as a new and very worrying form of attacks by terrorists groups against the freedom of the press - still many questions (read reports on OTHER NEWS)
- The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) congratulates heartily Christian Campiche for his election as president of Impressum, the Swiss Syndicate of Journalists. Christian is a member of the PEC board since many years // La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) félicite chaleureusement Christian Campiche pour son élection comme président d’Impressum, le syndicat des journalistes suisses. Christian est membre du comité directeur de la PEC depuis plusieurs années (read on PEC NEWS)
It is a great day for the PEC when one of its executive committee members and a very dedicated member becomes president of IMPRESSUM which assembles 6000 Swiss journalists. PEC president Hedayat Abdel Nabi noted that being elected president of IMPRESSUM is well deserved for Christian Campiche (photo). PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen stressed that IMPRESSUM has supported the PEC since the Geneva based NGO was created in 2004. The PEC wishes him a great tenure as president.
- The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins the PRESS UNCUFFED Campaign to free 221 imprisoned journalists
#PressUncuffed is a campaign started by University of Maryland journalism students to raise money to free imprisoned journalists by selling bracelets bearing their names - JOIN THE CAMPAIGN (read the press release on OTHER NEWS)
- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 28th session: statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign on item 8: The PEC is deeply concerned that some States have done nothing to implement the resolution on safety of journalists (A/HRC/27/L7) adopted last September (read the statement on PEC NEWS)
- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 28th session: statement delivered by the Press Emblem Campaign on item 7: Last year was the worst and the deadliest year in the history of Palestine media (read the statement on PEC NEWS)
On the occasion of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) urged Member States to act to protect media workers. The PEC has delivered four oral statements: on the situation of journalists in Syria and in Palestine, on "Charlie Hebdo" and other terrorists attacks and on other situations that requires the Council's attention (read the PEC statements on PEC NEWS)
- "La démocratie à l’ère numérique": Surveillance numérique, respect des libertés, droit à l’oubli sur Google, révolutions Facebook, affaire Snowden, autant de sujets abordés par le secrétaire général de la PEC Blaise Lempen dans Le Grand Entretien diffusé par la Radio suisse. Ecouter l’interview: http://urlz.fr/1Ka1
- YEMEN: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the killing of top Yemeni Journalist Abdul Kareem Al-Khaiwani in Sanaa (read the story on OTHER NEWS)
One of Yemen's top journalists and activists close to the country's dominant Houthi militia, Abdul Kareem al-Khaiwani, has been killed, the group's official television channel al-Maseerah said. The son al-Khewani, who is also a respected writer, said a pair of armed men riding on a motorbike opened fire and gunned down his father as he came out of his home on Wednesday morning.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though Sunni Muslim al Qaeda militants have claimed several previous attacks on the Shi'ite Houthis, whom it regards as heretics. Khaiwani's editorials were once the scourge of Yemen's veteran autocrat, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 28th session - PEC statement delivered on situations that require the Council's attention - PEC requires the Human Rights Council to send a very strong message to all criminals that there would be no impunity for perpetrators of crimes against the freedom of expression (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
- SYRIA'S CONFLICT enters its fifth year - PEC statement at the Human Rights Council on the report of the International commission of inquiry on Syria: "not to publish names at this juncture of the investigation would be to reinforce the impunity" (read on PEC NEWS)
- PALESTINE: MADA report: 2014 the worst, the deadliest, and the hardest year in the history of Palestinian Media (for the MADA report, go to OTHER NEWS)
- GUATEMALA: PEC condemns the murder of two journalists - PEC y Cerigua consternados: dos periodistas asesinados en Mazatenango (read on PEC NEWS)
- DEBAT SUR LA CYBERSURVEILLANCE avec Edward Snowden: Snowden aimerait bien revenir en Suisse // DEBATE ON CYBERSURVEILLANCE with Edward Snowden: Snowden would like to return to Switzerland as a political refugee - see:
participez au débat sur la cybersurveillance sur: www.altermondes.org:
Le film Citizenfour a été présenté dans le cadre du Festival international du film et forum sur les droits humains (FIFDH) à Genève. Sous le pseudonyme de Citizenfour se cache un jeune homme qui aura 30 ans dans quelques jours, dont le nom et le visage sont encore inconnus. C'est Edward Snowden que rencontrent, en juin 2013, dans une chambre d'hôtel, à Hongkong, la réalisatrice et le journaliste Glenn Greenwald, accompagnés parfois par un autre journaliste spécialiste du renseignement, le Britannique Ewen MacAskill. Leurs conversations durent huit jours et portent sur le processus à adopter pour révéler dans les meilleures conditions souhaitables ce que Snowden a découvert, à savoir que l'agence NSA espionne les citoyens du monde entier...Interrogé par Darius Rochebin, de la TSR, après la présentation du film, Snowden avoue que son exil en Russie lui pèse: voir la vidéo
- EGYPT - an unprecedented legal limbo: Mohamed Fahmy retrial delayed until March 19 after witnesses fail to show (read on OTHER NEWS)
- COLOMBIA: second journalist murdered in less than three weeks - segundo asesinato de periodista colombiano en 2015 (read on OTHER NEWS)
- UKRAINE: ONE MORE JOURNALIST KILLED on the eve of the session of the Human Rights Council - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is deeply saddened by the death of Sergii Nikolaiev, senior photographer of Segodnya daily Ukrainian newspaper. Since the start of the year, in two months, 29 journalists have been killed while only doing their job (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
Sergii Nikolaiev (photo) died of wounds he received on Feb. 28 in eastern Ukraine, according to news reports. The tragedy occurred in the village of Pisky located just 1.5 kilometers from Donetsk airport, which is now controlled by separatists. Several of his colleagues on the scene reported that Nikolaiev was wounded by explosion of the mine, while Segodnya newspaper reported that he was wounded by shells. Nikolaiev, 43, has worked in numerous conflict zones, including wars in Georgia, Libya, Syria, and Somalia. He has become the tenth journalist killed since the beginning of 2014 in Ukraine, the seventh directly caused by the war (five Russians, one Italian, one Ukrainian).
- UNITED STATES: UN rights expert hails US move to keep Internet open (read on OTHER NEWS)
- PAKISTAN: slow progress in the fight against impunity in Balochistan (see our page NO IMPUNITY) - An official autopsy report on the death of Reuters journalist Maria Golovnina has concluded that she died of asphyxiation, the cause of which "at this stage cannot be established." Golovnina, 34, the Reuters bureau chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan, was declared dead in an Islamabad hospital on February 23 after she collapsed in the Reuters news bureau. Pakistan authorities are conducting a further toxicology report, which is expected to take about a month. PEC will follow-up and expects the authorities to conduct a full and transparent investigation
- UKRAINE - RUSSIA: one year after the Euromaidan revolution in Kiev, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) concerned: the space for free journalism is steadily decreasing - PEC condemns all obstacles to reporting on the conflict and calls on all parties to respect the freedom of information for all journalists
Read: Russian journalists go abroad to report free of Kremlin control http://flip.it/aNLKi
and: Kommersant article on Russian troops fighting in Debaltseve: http://www.unian.info/war/1046898-kommersant-article-on-russian-troops-fighting-in-debaltseve-full-text-in-english.html …
and: Russian media outlets working in Ukraine’s state bodies stripped of accreditation http://tass.ru/en/world/777136
OSCE Denounces 'Continued Intimidation' Of Media NGOs In Russia: http://www.osce.org/fom/142391
- SYRIA: Swedish Journalist Released From Captivity in Syria - Swedish tabloid Expressen says Swedish journalist Joakim Medin has been released from a weeklong captivity in Syria. Medin, 30, said in an interview with the paper Sunday 22 February that he and his interpreter were captured by Syrian government forces while working in the Kurdish parts of the country. Medin, who works as a freelancer for Swedish media, was released late Saturday after spending a week in an isolation cell. Swedish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Ulla Jacobson confirmed that Medin has been released.
- A Call for Global Safety Principles and Practices: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) endorses safety principles and practices for international news organizations and the freelancers who work with them in a conflict zone or any dangerous environment (read the principles on OTHER NEWS)
- Débat sur la Démocratie à l'ère numérique avec Blaise Lempen, Hasni Abidi et Luisa Ballin
voir la vidéo sur YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHX_2BqVhHk
- EGYPT: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes a court decision in Egypt that has ordered the release on bail of two Al Jazeera journalists (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
Mohamed Fahmy, here with his fiancee, Marwa Omara, in Cairo on Saturday, tells the Star that his ordeal with the Egyptian justice system is far from over. The 40-year-old Canadian journalist was let out on bail Friday 13 February after spending 411 days behind bars along with his Al Jazeera colleagues, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed. Mohamed Fahmi is still very cautious
Read his interviews on: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/02/14/mohamed-fahmy-still-living-in-this-nightmare.html
- AZERBAIJAN: The Swiss embassy in Baku has been secretly sheltering Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist Emin Huseynov for the past six months, a Swiss national television report has revealed on Wednesday 11 February - the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) urges Azerbaijan to grant Huseynov safe passage out of the country (read on PEC NEWS)
Since August 2014, the human rights defender and journalist Emin Huseynov of Azerbaijan has been forced into hiding at the Swiss embassy in Baku. As chairman of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), a local NGO, Huseynov is one of many victims of an intense government crackdown on free speech and civil society that has taken place in Azerbaijan over the past year
- SYRIA: Japan confiscates journalist's passport to stop him going to Syria - What is the most important, the right to information of the public or the journalists' safety? The passport seizure has brought sharp criticism from journalists and free-speech advocates. The PEC questions the legitimacy of the decision (read on PEC NEWS)
- LIBYA: JOURNALISTS UNDER ATTACK - report released by Human Rights Watch (read on OTHER NEWS)
- SYRIA: REMEMBER AMERICAN JOURNALIST AUSTIN TICE MISSING SINCE AUGUST 2012 - Parents of missing journalist push for new hostage policy - see the video: http://goo.gl/wbCeTS
- BURUNDI: PEC is concerned about the arrest and detention of Burundian journalist Bob Rugurika (read the OHCHR statement on Other News)
- EGYPT: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes Peter Greste's release, a move in the right direction, and demands the release of his colleagues Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy (PEC press release on PEC NEWS, more info on OTHER NEWS)
Australian journalist Peter Greste (here on his arrival in Cyprus) has been deported and is free after 400 days in detention in Egypt. Greste was arrested in December 2013 with his colleagues Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (Canada) and Baher Mohamed (Egypt). Accused of collaborating with the banned Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military in 2013, the three men said they were simply reporting the news.
- SYRIA: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is horrified at the beheading announced by ISIS of Japanese journalist Kenji GOTO, a heinous crime strongly condemned by the PEC - 23 journalists killed in one month, an unprecedented record for January (read the PEC press release on PEC NEWS)
"Kenji Goto reported the plight of people in conflict areas like Iraq, Somalia and Syria.
It was his passion to highlight the effects on ordinary people, especially through the eyes of children, and to inform the rest of us of the tragedies of war", his wife Rinko - Sunday, 01 February 2015.
- SOUTH SUDAN: FIVE JOURNALISTS KILLED IN AN AMBUSH IN BAHR AL GHAZAL STATE - PEC condemns the attack and urges the authorities to identify the perpetrators - 21 journalists killed since the start of the year, an unprecedented record for January (see casualties)
- SYRIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is deeply concerned by a video released by the Islamic State militant group, showing surviving Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto, in handcuffs and dressed in orange, holding a photo of what appears to be beheaded compatriot Haruna Yukawa. PEC firmly condemns an outrageous act of banditry and calls for the immediate release of the Japanese hostage (read the PEC press release on PEC NEWS)
Kenji Goto (photo), 47, is an experienced freelance journalist covering the conflict in Iraq and Syria. Goto was kidnapped in Syria in October 2014 and had been a journalist for years, contributing to NHK and other Japanese news organizations.
- MEXICO: PEC worried - Mexican journalist remains missing after three weeks - no investigation from authorities in Veracruz - sadly the body of the reporter Moises Sanchez Cerezo, 49, was found January 24 hidden in a black bag in the small town of Manlio Fabio Altamirano (updated - read on OTHER NEWS)
- ETHIOPIA: Media Being Decimated // Ethiopie : Un paysage médiatique peu à peu décimé (read the Report of Human Rights Watch on OTHER NEWS)
- Entretien exclusif avec Laurence Deonna, journaliste, écrivaine: « Pour être publiés, le reporter et le photographe doivent aller au plus près du drame au risque de leur vie » - Propos recueillis par Luisa Ballin pour la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) - lire l'entretien sur PEC NEWS
Exclusive Interview with Laurence Deonna, journalist, writer, "To be published, the reporter and the photographer must move closer to the drama at the risk of their lives" - Interview by Luisa Ballin for the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) (read the interview translated in English on PEC NEWS)
Journaliste, photographe, grand reporter et écrivaine voyageuse, lauréate du Prix Unesco pour l’éducation à la paix en 1987, la Genevoise Laurence Deonna vient de publier son dernier livre intitulé « Mémoires ébouriffées » (Editions de l’Aire/Ginkgo). Cette fine connaisseuse du Moyen-Orient a accordé un entretien exclusif à la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC). Elle nous parle du métier de reporter de guerre devenu beaucoup plus dangereux
- Je suis Charlie. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) n’est pas d’accord avec la nouvelle publication de " Charlie Hebdo " // The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) does not agree with the new publication of "Charlie Hebdo" // La organización internacional de periodistas Campana Emblema de Prensa (PEC) no está de acuerdo con la nueva publicación de "Charlie Hebdo"(read the PEC press release French, English, Spanish and Arabic on PEC NEWS)
- Je suis Charlie: over one million people for the defense of freedom of expression and against terrorism Sunday in Paris, four million people throughout France
Some 1.5 million people, including over 50 world leaders, thronged central Paris Sunday afternoon in a massive and historic show of support against terrorism (read on OTHER NEWS a press release of the French syndicates of journalists)
- Je suis Charlie: commemoration at the United Nations in Geneva for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack - Participants and PEC members observed one minute of silence Friday 9 January
Over one hundred journalists and UN spokepersons attended the commemoration at the United Nations in Geneva to pay homage to the victims of the attack in Paris, with the DG of the UN in Geneva Michael Moller, the High Commissionner, the Permanent Representative of France Nicolas Niemtchinow, the president of the UN Association of Journalists in Geneva and a Representative of Cartooning for Peace
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said: "We do not need retaliation. Neither Islam nor multiculturalism in Europe is to blame for the bloody attack two mornings ago, as some right-wing political leaders have already begun to say". He added: "The right to the freedom of expression has always been considered as that human right which best answers to the wickedness brought on by tyranny and racism (...) That right, the freedom of expression, must therefore be argued for vigorously, most especially by this organization: by us".
The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) took part in the special event to pay homage to the victims of the attack in Paris and to reaffirm the importance of freedom of the press. Here on the photo Tamer Aboalenin, member of the PEC board, during the minute of silence with many journalists accredited at the United Nations in Geneva (more on PEC NEWS)
- LIBYA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns the execution by the Libyan branch of the Islamic State jihadist group of two Tunisian journalists who went missing in September, Sofiene Chourabi and Nadhir Ktari - the news is not yet confirmed // LIBYE. La Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) condamne l'exécution revendiquée par la branche libyenne de l'Etat islamique de deux journalistes tunisiens Sofiène Chourabi et Nadhir Guetari enlevés depuis le 8 septembre en Libye - L'authenticité des images n'a pas pu être vérifiée de source indépendante à ce stade
- FRANCE. Attaque contre le journal Charlie Hebdo à Paris : la Presse Emblème Campagne (PEC) horrifiée s’interroge sur les raisons d’un acte révoltant et appelle à un apaisement des conflits au Moyen-Orient // The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), horrified, can only wonder what is behind the attack and calls for a peaceful solution to the conflicts in the Middle East // La PEC horrorizada se interroga sobre las razones de tan repugnante acto y exhorta al apaciguamiento de los conflictos en el Medio Oriente
(read the press release French, English, Spanish and Arabic on PEC NEWS)
Les dessinateurs Cabu, Tignous, Charb et Wolinski ont été victimes de la tuerie perpétrée mercredi 7 janvier dans les locaux du journal français "Charlie Hebdo" à Paris.
- JANUARY 2015. PEC annual report – updated : 138 journalists killed in 32 countries in 2014 - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) has updated its annual report 2014, published December 15 (128 journalists killed at that time). At the end of the year, at least 138 journalists have been killed in 32 countries. 2014 was the deadliest year after 2012 over ten years (read more on PEC NEWS, English and Arabic, go to CASUALTIES for the full list of victims)
Most dangerous countries in 2014: Syria (19 killed), Gaza (16), Pakistan (12), Iraq (10), Ukraine (9), Mexico (8), Afghanistan (7), Honduras (6), Somalia (5), Brazil (5), Central African Republic (4), Cambodia (3), Guinea (3), Paraguay (3), and Philippines (3).
Middle East is on the top of the list, with 52 journalists killed, followed by Asia with 32, Latin America with 29, Sub-Saharan Africa with 15 and Europe 10.
- MAURITANIE: soutenons Mohamed Cheikh journaliste mauritanien condamné à mort - Signez la lettre ouverte au président mauritanien, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, également président en exercice de l'Union Africaine // MAURITANIA: sign the petition to release the journalist Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed convicted of apostasy (lire sur OTHER NEWS)
- PAKISTAN: 2014 AMONG THE WORST FOR JOURNALISTS IN A DECADE (read on OTHER NEWS)
- EGYPT: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joins the calls to release the Al Jazeera staff held for one year in Egypt. They are not criminals, only journalists. December 29 marks one year since Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Peter Greste were arrested in Cairo under false charges of aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news. In June, Greste, an Australian, and Fahmy, an Egyptian-Canadian, received seven-year jail terms, while Mohamed, an Egyptian, was sentenced to 10 years. After the Court orders the retrial of the journalists January 1rst, the PEC still hopes that President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will issue a presidential pardon to end this ordeal that tarnishes the image of Egypt.
- 15 DECEMBER 2014. PEC annual report - 2014 a terrible year for the journalists: 128 journalists killed in 32 countries // Rapport annuel de la PEC - 2014 une année terrible pour les journalistes: 128 journalistes tués dans 32 pays // Informe anual de la PEC - El año que finaliza ha sido terrible para los periodistas: 128 periodistas asesinados en 32 países
(read the PEC summary English, French, Spanish and Arabic, go to CASUALTIES for more)
watch the video - entretien diffusé dans le journal 64' de TV5 Monde: http://youtu.be/kMlcZEIalt0
- Halte à l’hécatombe des correspondants de guerre - lisez l'entretien du secrétaire général de la PEC Blaise Lempen publiée lundi 15 décembre dans le quotidien suisse "Le Temps" (allez sur PEC NEWS)
- SYRIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) appalled - FOUR JOURNALISTS KILLED IN TWO DAYS - 13 in Syria since the beginning of this year (read on OTHER NEWS)
- YEMEN. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) shocked - freelance american photojournalist Luke Somers has been killed during a rescue attempt in Yemen - Luke Somers was abducted in September 2013 in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, by al-Qaeda (more on OTHER NEWS)
Luke Somers appears in a propaganda video released by al-Malahem Media. The authorities in Sanaa had received information that the hostage was due to be killed by al-Qaeda on Saturday morning 6 December, prompting the rescue attempt. Chuck Hagel, the US defence secretary, later confirmed his death.
- SOMALIA. TWO MORE JOURNALISTS KILLED. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is saddened to learn the murder of two journalists, while three others were wounded in a suicide car bombing attack in the town of Baidoa (read on OTHER NEWS)
- GAZA: threats of the so-called “ISIS-Gaza” against journalists and artists - a very worrying phenomenon (read on OTHER NEWS)
- NOVEMBER 2014. UKRAINE. PEC condemns the killing of Oleksandr Kuchynsky and his wife in Donetsk Oblast. He is the ninth journalist killed in Ukraine this year, the 120th worldwide. Kuchynsky, 57, was a chief editor of Criminal Express, a newspaper in Donetsk covering the crime news (see casualties)
- UNITED NATIONS. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes a new resolution adopted by consensus at the third committee in New York which aims at enhancing the safety of journalists, but more needs to be done – five years after the Ampatuan Massacre, no one has been convicted. The PEC calls on the UN to create a new international mechanism to follow-up the enquiries and bring those responsible to justice // حملة الشارة الدولية ترحب پقرار اللجنة الثالثة لحماية و سلامة الصحفيين
(read the PEC statement English and Arabic on PEC NEWS)
- PEC took part in a meeting in Strasbourg organized by UNESCO: Legal experts discussed frameworks to tackle impunity - and attended the 3rd UN Inter-Agency Meeting on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity (read on PEC NEWS)
- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. REVIEW OF EGYPT (UPR). IPI and PEC sent a letter to Ambassadors to call attention to the dare situation journalists are facing in Egypt (read the letter on PEC NEWS)
- INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY. Symposium on safety of journalists - the reality of violations and the efforts for protection - Doha (Qatar) - read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS
The Press Emblem Campaign calls upon all governments to take steps to prevent attacks on journalists and to hold accountable those who commit them (speaking at the Doha Symposium, right, the PEC Representative Gianfranco Fattorini)
- INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY for CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS. ONE YEAR AFTER THE MURDER OF TWO FRENCH JOURNALISTS OF RFI IN MALI - PEC welcomes a new campaign launched by RSF: www.fightimpunity.org. ACT NOW (read more news and statements on our pages OTHER NEWS and NO IMPUNITY)
- OCTOBER 2014. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly protests against the targeting by israeli soldiers of an AP reporter and a Swiss photograph in the West Bank, demands that the israeli authorities apologize - la PEC proteste énergiquement contre les tirs effectués par des soldats israéliens contre un reporter d'AP et un photographe suisse indépendant en Cisjordanie et demande que les autorités israéliennes s'excusent (lire les infos sur OTHER NEWS)
- EBOLA. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN RELIEVED. American cameraman Ashoka Mukpo declared Ebola-free after treatment(read on OTHER NEWS)
- A NEW PUBLICATION ON THE FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, TWITTER "REVOLUTION": BLAISE LEMPEN "THE DEMOCRACY AT THE DIGITAL AGE" - UNE NOUVELLE PUBLICATION: "LA DEMOCRATIE A L'ERE NUMERIQUE - la "révolution Facebook, Google, Twitter et Cie", par Blaise LEMPEN (plus d'infos sur PEC NEWS)
La « révolution numérique » est-elle un progrès de la démocratie, des libertés individuelles, un nouvel avenir radieux ou au contraire l’avènement du règne de la surveillance et de la désinformation généralisées ? Atteintes aux libertés, conflits socio-culturels, ingouvernabilité, le livre de Blaise Lempen aide à y voir clair - à commander sur: www.georg.ch (dessin: Chappatte)
- IRAQ - Islamic State publicly executes Iraqi journalist in northern Iraq - Islamic State fighters have publicly executed an Iraqi journalist Raad Mohamed Al-Azaoui, Al Jazeera reported on Saturday Oct 11. It follows the executions of two Western journalists. Raad Mohamed Al-Azaoui, a cameraman for Sama Salah Aldeen TV, was abducted by Islamic State fighters on September 7 when he was working in Samara, in the northern province of Saladin. The group later issued threats to behead Al-Azaoui after he refused to work for the Islamic State. This new execution highlights the mounting dangers journalists face while working in the region. The terrorist organization eliminate all those who refuse to swear allegiance to ISIS, warned the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) (see casualties)
- ALERT. EBOLA IN WEST AFRICA. NEW RISKS FOR JOURNALISTS. American Journalist With Ebola, NBC Team Brought Back to U.S. (read media reports and latest news of the NBC cameraman on OTHER NEWS)
Ashoka Mukpo (photo), a freelance journalist from Providence, Rhode Island, was working as a cameraman for NBC News when he fell ill last Wednesday. The American photojournalist who became infected with Ebola left disease-ravaged Liberia on Sunday night. Mukpo was being flown back to the U.S. to the Biocontainment Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center Monday October 6
- SEPTEMBER 2014. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) salutes the adoption of a new resolution on the safety of journalists by the Human Rights Council, marking progress by UN Member States (read the PEC statement English and Arabic on PEC NEWS)
- WORKSHOP ON SWITZERLAND AND FREEDOM OF THE PRESS // CONFERENCE ORGANISEE SUR LA SUISSE ET LA LIBERTE DE LA PRESSE (lire la contribution de la PEC et la résolution adoptée par les organisateurs sur PEC NEWS)
Les 3e Assises du Journalisme, organisées par Impressum, Amnesty, la PEC, RSF et l'Université de Fribourg ont réuni à Lausanne le 24 septembre plus de 200 journalistes, éditeurs, rédacteurs en chef, étudiants, membres d'ONG pour discuter de la liberté de la presse, de la Convention européenne des droits de l'homme, de la protection des journalistes en zone de guerre et de la cybersurveillance lors de quatre ateliers (photo PM).
- GAZA. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. The Press Emblem Campaign calls on the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories to investigate on the violation of the fundamental freedoms and rights of journalists, and on the members of the Independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate on the aforementioned crimes against media outlet and media workers and identify the responsible (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
- THREE JOURNALISTS KILLED IN GUINEA IN COLD BLOOD. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is alarmed by reports that eight members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola, among them three local journalists, have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in Guinea. This brings the total of casualties among media workers this year to more than 100 (see casualties)
- SYRIA. PEC SHOCKED BY ONE MORE VIDEO. The Islamic State militant group released a video September 18 that shows John Cantlie, a British freelance journalist kidnapped in Syria in 2012. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is deeply concerned for the safety of John Cantlie and urges Islamic State militants to free John Cantlie and all other remaining hostages. In the past month, the ISIS has published three other videos showing the beheading of civilians, including U.S. freelance journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
The so-called Islamic State has released a haunting video that shows John Cantlie (photo) pledging to expose the "truth behind the Islamic State". The PEC strongly condemns such statements under duress ot the former british reporter for The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph.
- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) delivered two statements on the report of the commission of inquiry on Syria and on Human rights situations that require the Council's attention (read the statements on PEC NEWS)
- EGYPT. Keep up the pressure on Egypt to free the Al Jazeera’s imprisoned journalists Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed, sentenced to seven years last June and detained since 251 days. Invited by the Swiss Press Club, Mostefa Souag, Al Jazeera Media Network’s director general, was in Geneva Friday 5 September. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) joigned the campaign to free all the journalists in Egypt (read the PEC statement at the Swiss Press Club on PEC NEWS).
Mostefa Souag (left) was invited by the director of the Swiss Press Club in Geneva Guy Mettan (right). The Al Jazeera Media Network's director general said that the verdict was political. Al Jazeera reporters have gotten attention, but Egyptian journalists have far more difficulties. According to Souag, 60 journalists are detained in Egypt.
- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. 27th session. TWO WRITTEN STATEMENTS submitted by the Press Emblem Campaign: 90 journalists killed so far in 2014: a new step is required by the UN in order to combat impunity // GAZA: 15 journalists and media workers killed during operation “Protective Edge”: the responsible have to be held accountable (read the PEC statements on PEC NEWS)
- SYRIA. Free Mazen Darwish and his colleagues (read on OTHER NEWS)
- SYRIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) condemns with force the slaughtering of American journalist Steven Sotloff by ISIS, urges the Human Rights Council to act (PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
A disguised militant from the Islamic State, or ISIS, said the execution of an American journalist purportedly shown in a new video was the result of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The White House said Wednesday Sept 3 the video showing the killing of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff is authentic. Mr. Sotloff, 31 years old, was abducted near the Turkish border in Syria in August 2013. Few knew about his capture until the release on Aug. 19 of another video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley.
- UKRAINE. ONE MORE JOURNALIST KILLED IN EASTERN UKRAINE. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) calls for a thorough and independent investigation on the death of Russian journalist Andrey Stenin (PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
Russian journalist Andrey Stenin (photo) has been confirmed dead Sept 3. He was in a vehicle, traveling in a convoy containing escaping civilians when it came under heavy fire. Stenin, 33, a photojournalist contributing to several news agencies including Rossiya Segodnya (RIA Novosti) and ITAR-TASS, had been covering the conflict in eastern Ukraine before all contact with him was lost on August 5.
- IRAQ. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. SPECIAL SESSION ON THE SITUATION IN IRAQ - The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expresses its deepest concern about the security conditions and the protection of journalists working in Iraq - The PEC calls upon the Human Rights Council to firmly condemn and to investigate all crimes committed against journalists by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
- UNITED NATIONS. PEC welcomes a statement from four international freedom of expression rapporteurs urging stronger protection of journalists covering conflicts (read the UN statement on OTHER NEWS)
- AUGUST 2014. PAKISTAN. A black-week in Pakistan’s media history - two journalists and three media workers killed (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
- SYRIA. The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) welcomes the release of American journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held captive by militants in Syria since October 2012 (read on OTHER NEWS)
- SYRIA. PEC HORRIFIED BY THE VIDEO POSTED BY ISIS SHOWING THE BARBARIC MURDER OF AMERICAN JOURNALIST JAMES FOLEY (PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
Foley, 40 (photo), vanished in Syria in November 2012 while covering the Syrian civil war for GlobalPost. The car he was riding in was stopped by four militants in a contested battle zone that both Sunni rebel fighters and government forces were trying to control. He had not been heard from since. At the end of the video posted August 19 by the Islamic State, a militant shows a second man, who was identified as another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warns that he could be next captive killed. Sotloff was kidnapped near the Syrian-Turkish border in August 2013 and freelanced for Time, the National Interest and MediaLine.
- MALDIVES. PEC is concerned about the disappearance of Ahmad Rilwan Abdullah, a journalist with Minivan News - 15 journalists have reported receiving death threats in the Maldives (see OTHER NEWS)
- GAZA. PEC deeply saddened to hear of the death of two journalists of Associated Press and Agence France-Presse killed while photographing attempts to dismantle an unexploded Israeli bomb - the media death toll reaches 15 following the israeli operation Protective Edge (more on OTHER NEWS)
This photo taken in August, 2014 shows italian Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli on a balcony overlooking smoke from Israeli Strikes in Gaza City. Camilli, 35, was killed in an ordnance explosion in the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, together with Palestinian Ali Shehda Abu Afash from Agence France-Presse and three members of the Gaza police. AP photographer Hatem Moussa was also injured. According to AP, Simone Camilli was a passionate, talented newsman who covered popes in the serene splendor of the Vatican and the horrific violence on battlefields from the former Soviet republic of Georgia to the Middle East.
- COLUMBIA. La PEC condena asesinato del periodista Luis Carlos Cervantes en Tarazá, Antioquia / PEC condemns the killing of the journalist Luis Carlos Cervantes in Colombia (go to OTHER NEWS)
- ISRAEL-GAZA: ONE MONTH AFTER THE START OF THE OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE, PALESTINIAN MEDIA DEATH TOLL REACHES 13 in GAZA - PEC URGES ISRAEL TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY MEASURES TO AVOID NEW VICTIMS AMONG JOURNALISTS (see casualties, other news)
- AUGUST 2014. PEC CONDEMNS THE KILLING OF NINE PALESTINIAN JOURNALISTS IN THREE WEEKS IN GAZA / La PEC condamne le meurtre de neuf journalistes palestiniens en trois semaines à Gaza (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
- JULY 2014. GAZA. EIGHT PALESTINIAN JOURNALISTS KILLED IN THREE WEEKS BY ISRAELI ATTACKS, OTHER INJURED, MEDIA BUILDINGS SHELLED (read on OTHER NEWS)
Palestinian journalists are under fire. Israeli war jets are reported to have bombed the offices of the Al-Aqsa TV station, in the Alnaser neighbourhood of Gaza (photo), and the Al-Aqsa radio station, in the El-Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood in northern Gaza Tuesday 29 July. The attack on the Al-Aqsa offices means that four media outlets have until now been targeted. The PEC strongly condemns these attacks. The fact that the Hamas broadcast stations serve as propaganda organs does not justify making them a military target.
- GAZA. PEC welcomes the special session of the Human Rights Council (read the PEC statement on PEC NEWS)
- PEC Biannual report 2014: 61 journalists killed in first half of 2014 - Ukraine more dangerous than Syria // 61 journalistes tués au cours des six premiers mois de 2014 - L’Ukraine plus dangereuse que la Syrie (PEC report English, French and Arabic on PEC NEWS)
- JULY 2014. GAZA: the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) strongly condemns killing of Palestinian media worker Hamid Shihab in Gaza City - the PEC calls upon the Israeli authorities to allow media workers to carry their work in a situation increasingly difficult and dangerous for journalists reporting on the conflict // طالبت حملة الشارة الدولية لحماية الصحفيين إسرائيل باحترام قانون الحرب و عدم استهداف العاملين في وسائل الاعلام (read on PEC NEWS) - PEC alarmed by Israeli airstrikes on buildings housing media outlets in Gaza, at least three journalists injured - a second media worker killed July 20 - Journalists houses targeted, according to MADA (more on OTHER NEWS)
While Mr Shihab was going at about 10:00 pm Tuesday 9 July to Omar Al-Mukhtatr's street in Gaza city to transfer a cameraman to the headquarters of the company Media 24, the car, which had a press sign TV in red (photo), was shelled by a rocket by an Israeli airplane.
- JUNE 2014. EGYPT. THE PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC) calls on Egyptian President al-Sissi to release sentenced journalists including Peter Greste (PEC press release and more info on PEC NEWS)
Nairobi-based Al Jazeera English reporter, Australian Peter Greste (left), Al Jazeera English Cairo bureau chief, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy (center), and Al Jazeera producer, Baher Mohamed, were sentenced to seven yea