CASUALTIES RECORDED IN 2003
Journalists and Media Workers killed War Zones and other hostile areas in 2003
This list provides name, country where death occurred, nationality, occupation and brief note of circumstances.
(f) indicates that the person killed was a woman
11 January - Ivory Coast - Kloueu Gonzreu
Le corps de Kloueu Gonzreu, correspondant de l'Agence ivoirienne de presse (AIP, publique), a été retrouvé et identifié le 19 mars dans la région de Toulépleu (ouest du pays), selon le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR). Le journaliste était porté disparu depuis le 11 janvier 2003. Selon plusieurs sources concordantes, il aurait été arrêté par des Libériens combattant aux côtés des forces loyalistes. Kloueu Gonzreu était âgé de 51 ans. Il était le correspondant de l'agence de presse officielle depuis juillet 2000. Il enseignait également l'histoire et la géographie, et travaillait pour la section locale de la Croix-Rouge. Le corps de son fils, Thierry Gonzreu, âgé de 19 ans, ainsi que ceux de deux autres volontaires du CICR, ont également été retrouvés.
24 January - Somalia - Abdullahi Madkeer
Abdullahi Madkeer, a journalist with DMC Radio, was shot in the stomach by members of the Rahanweyn Resistance Army (RRA) militia while covering the reopening of Baidoa Airport in the southwest of the country. He was taken to a hospital and died that day after doctors refused to operate on him because he was HIV positive. The shooting occurred while militia belonging to the RRA faction of Shaykh Adan Madobe fired on the airport crowd to drive them back from an aircraft with a cargo of the narcotic khat. The airport had just reopened after months of war between rival RRA factions in the region. Madkeer's station, DMC Radio, has since been forced to close after local fighters from RRA factions requisitioned the station's offices.
31 January - India (Kashmir) - Parvaz Mohammed Sultan
Owner and editor-in-chief of the local news agency News and Feature Alliance (NAFA) and local correspondent for the Indian newspaper "Quami Awaaz". Police suspect the two gunmen were armed separatists. The journalist was wounded in the neck and died of his injuries a short time later.
22 March - Iraq - Terry Lloyd
ITV News correspondent Terry Lloyd was killed in an incident on the Southern Iraq war front. The ITN team came under fire, apparently from Coalition forces, outside Basra. Iraqi ambulances took a number of dead and injured from the area into Basra and it is believed that Terry Lloyd's body was among the dead. The fourth member of the team, cameraman Daniel Demoustier, was injured in the incident but was able to get back to US and British lines. Two other members of the team, cameraman Fred Nérac and translator Hussein Osman are still missing.
22 March - Iraq - Fred Nérac
Fred Nérac was a French cameraman who was working for ITN with Terry Lloyd and went missing along with Lebanese translator Hussein Osman on 22 March near Basra. Nérac was caught in the crossfire between US and Iraqi forces, as he travelled with three other ITN colleagues towards Basra.
Nérac started working for ITN in 1997 and since then covered a wide range of stories with various ITN reporters, including the Afghanistan and Kosovo conflicts.
An official investigation is underway.
22 March - Iraq - Hussein Osman
Hussein Osman was a Lebanese translator who was working for ITN with Terry Lloyd and went missing along with French cameraman Fred Nérac on 22 March near Basra.
Hussein had been with the ITN team for about a month, when they were caught in the crossfire between UN and Iraqi troops on the road to Basra in Southern Iraq.
An official investigation is underway.
22 March - Iraq - Paul Moran
Freelance cameraman Paul Moran, 39, died instantly in a suicide bomb attack at a checkpoint in Sayed Sadiq in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq near the Iranian border, he was the last of a string of journalists traveling through the checkpoint which had been taken by Kurdish opposition fighters from terrorists 24 hours earlier. Injured: Eric Campbell, correspondent ABC Australia, in the same incident.
2 April - Iraq - Kaveh Golestan
Kaveh Golestan, an Iranian free-lance cameraman on assignment for the BBC, was killed today in northern Iraq after stepping on a land mine. Golestan accidentally detonated the mine when he exited his car near the town of Kifri.
4 April - Iraq - Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly, the Atlantic Monthly editor-at-large and Washington Post columnist, has been killed in a Humvee accident while traveling with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division. Kelly's death is the first among the 600 correspondents participating in the Pentagon's embedding program.
6 April - Iraq - Kamaran Abdurazaq Muhamed
A Kurdish translator working for BBC in Northern Iraq died after being seriously wounded, apparently by an American bomb.
7 April - Iraq - Julio Anguita Parrado and Christian Liebig
Two journalists, German Christian Liebig of the weekly magazine Focus and Spaniard Julio Anguita Parrado of the newspaper El Mundo, were killed in Iraq on Monday. Liebig and Parrado died in an Iraqi missile attack south of Baghdad along with two US soldiers.
8 April - Iraq - Taras Protsiuk and Jose Couso
Taras Protsyuk, a Ukrainian cameraman working for Reuters and Jose Couso, a Spanish Telecinco cameraman died after a US tank fired on the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad, which is used as a base by the foreign media.
8 April - Iraq - Tareq Ayyoub
Al-Jazeera journalist Tareq Ayyoub was seriously wounded when the network's office on the bank of the Tigris River was struck by a U-S bomb. He later died.
12 April - Iraq - An Iraqi interpreter
An Iraqi interpreter working for Malaysian journalists was killed when gunmen ambushed and kidnapped the group in Baghdad.
14 April - Iraq - Mario Podesta
Argentine freelance journalist Mario Podesta died in a car crash near Baghdad. Podesta was travelling in a convoy of press vehicles some 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Baghdad when the accident happened.
15 April - Iraq - Veronica Cabrera
Veronica Cabrera, a freelance camerawoman, died on Tuesday of injuries after a car accident on Monday. She was travelling in the same convoy of press vehicles as Mario Podesta some 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Baghdad when the accident happened
19 April - Palestinian Territories - Nazeeh Darwazeh
Palestinian cameraman, Nazeeh Darwazeh, was shot by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The 43-year-old working for the American news agency APTN (Association Press Television Network) and a local Palestinian television was hit by a bullet, which pierced his right eye, while filming clashes between Palestinian stone throwers and IDF soldiers.
3 May - Palestinian Territories - James Miller
Freelance cameraman James Miller was filming the demolition of houses for a documentary in the Gaza town of Rafah, the scene of earlier disturbances, when he was shot in the neck. Israeli army spokesmen said he was hit as troops fired in defence, but other witnesses say Miller and two colleagues were simultaneously filming and waving a white flag as they walked toward the tank.
9 May - Iraq - Elizabeth Neuffer and Waleed Khalifa Hassan al-Dulami
Elizabeth Neuffer, an award-winning reporter for The Boston Globe, died in a car accident in Iraq while on assignment covering the aftermath of the war. Neuffer, 46, died Thursday after the car in which she was a passenger apparently struck a guardrail near the town of Samarra, about halfway between Tikrit and Baghdad. She was returning to Baghdad from Tikrit, where she was reporting on efforts to rid Iraq of the influence of the Baath Party, the Globe said in a statement Friday. Neuffer's translator, Waleed Khalifa Hassan Al-Dulami, also died in the accident, the Globe said. The driver, Saad Al-Azzayi, survived.
17 June - Indonesia (Aceh) - Mohamad Jamal
The discovery of the body of Mohamad Jamal, a cameraman for the state-owned TVRI television station. We understand that Jamal was kidnapped on 20 May and his bound and weighted down body was found in a river in Banda Aceh on 17 June.
24 June - India - Mohan Hakasam
The United Liberation Force of Assam (ULFA), an outlawed militant group active in Assam, abducted and killed Indra Mohan Hakasam from his house. Hakasam worked as a local correspondent for Amar Assam an Assamese daily published in the city of Guwahati.
3 July - Democratic Republic Congo - Akité Kisembo
Interpreter for AFP, abducted and executed by rebels.
5 July - Iraq - Richard Wild
Freelance British journalist killed by sniper in Baghdad
6 July - Iraq - Jeremy Little
Australian sound recordist, died of injuries sustained in a rocket attack on 1 July, worked for NBC and was embedded.
24 July - Guatemala - Hector Ramirez
A Guatemalan journalist was shot dead at a rally supporting the presidential campaign of former military dictator Efrain Rios Montt. A mob of about 100 people with hoods chased a group of journalists "when a shot was heard," said Juan Lemus, a spokesman for the city firefighters. The bullet hit reporter Hector Ramirez, 60, of the Noti-7 news program, Lemus said. Ramirez, a respected 30-year veteran of the Guatemalan news media, managed to make it to a nearby house to ask for help "but by then nothing could be done.
27 July - Nepal - Amar Lama
Amar Lama, managing editor of the weekly newspaper "Tajakhabar", was killed by four unidentified gunmen. The incident occurred in Naya Bazar, Kritipur town (approximately 10 kilometres south of Kathmandu). Lama had recently assumed the position of managing editor for the newspaper. He was abducted from the newspaper's office that same day when he went to drop off an article for the 28 July edition of his column "Janamat". Unidentified individuals posing as police officers indicated to Lama that they wanted to speak to him outside the office. According to eyewitnesses, Lama attempted to escape from his kidnappers. The "Kathmandu Post" daily newspaper reported that a local shopkeeper saw four men chasing Lama in the middle of the town. The assailants reportedly caught him and beat him before shooting him at point-blank range. According to police reports, the bullet pierced his head and blood was trickling out of his ears.
17 August - Iraq - Mazen Dana
Dana was struck in the chest while filming near Abu Ghraib Prison outside Baghdad, late in the afternoon on August 17. Dana had been reporting near the prison after a mortar attack had killed six Iraqis there the previous night. Eyewitnesses quoted by international media said that several journalists had been near the prison at the time of the incident and that a soldier in the tank fired on Dana as he filmed it approaching him from about 50 meters (55 yards).
U.S. officials have said that the troops mistook Dana's camera for a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.
22 August - Colombia - Juan Carlos Benvidez
Juan Carlos Benavidez, a reporter with the community station Manantial Estereo, was shot in the back by rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) when his car reportedly failed to stop at a roadblock. He was 28 years old. He and another reporter from the station, Jaime Conrado, who was wounded in the stomach, were travelling from Puerto Caicedo (Putumayo state) to cover a meeting the next day between President Alvaro Uribe and regional officials in Puerto Asis.
7 September - Nepal - Gyanendra Khadka
Maoists murdered Gyanendra Khadka, a reporter of the National News Agency (NSS), yesterday by slitting his throat, chief District Officer, Rudra Nath Basyal, said.
He was abducted by a group of four Maoists when he was teaching students at a school in Jyamire of the district. The rebels tied both his hands to a volleyball pole near the school and slit his throat, Basyal said. This is the first time that insurgents have murdered a journalist since the withdrawal of the ceasefire three weeks ago.
27 September - Nepal - Binod Sajan Chaudhary
Binod Sajana Chaudhary was killed in western Nepal. Initial reports suggested that security forces summarily executed him. At the time of his death, Chaudhary was a contributor to the weekly Nepalgunj Express in the western district of Kailali. He used to write for the Maoist weekly Janadesh, which no longer exists. Chaudhary was reported shot dead at point-blank range along with a Maoist activist. The daily Nepal Samacharpatra quoted Maoist rebel sources as alleging that he was shot by members of the security forces in civilian dress after showing his identity card. He had been on his way on Kegaun in search of information at the time.
26 November - Indonesia - Arie Woelan
Arie Woelan from the Indosiar private television network was killed when an old armoured vehicle he was travelling in plunged into a ravine near Jambi Baru village in Sultan Daulaut sub district, South Aceh district on 26 November. The Indosiar crew had gone with the Indonesian military to Aceh earlier in the week to cover Army Chief General Ryamizard Ryacudus recent Idul Fitri visit to the war-torn province.
28 December - Indonesia - Ersa Siregar
Ersa Siregar, a senior reporter for Jakarta-based RCTI private television network, was allegedly killed during a clash between rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and state troops in the east Aceh district of Sumatra. Siregar and RCTI colleague cameraman Fery Santoro were seized by GAM rebels six months earlier.