Nine Journalists in Africa Among 52 Killed On Duty in 2000

Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Nine journalists killed in seven African countries were among the 52 media professionals who died in the course of duty in 2000, according to data being considered at the three-day Press Freedom conference which Friday entered its second day in Windhoek.
According to the data compilied by media watch groups, Sierra Leone led the pack with three journalists, one local and two foreign correspondents, killed on duty during the year in review.
The other countries are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa and Zambia with one casualty each.
In Sierra Leone, Saoman Conteh, 48, of the independent weekly 'New Tablet', was shot dead 8 May while covering demonstrations outside the Freetown residence of the erstwhile leader of the Revolutionary United Front, Foday Sankoh, following the 3 May abduction of UN peacekeepers by the RUF rebels.
Kurt Schork (53) of Reuters and Miduel Gil Moreno de Mora (32) of Associated Press, were killed 24 May in an ambush by the RUF.
In the DRC, Crispin Kandolo was killed 5 September in an ambush in the Kahuzi Biega Park in Bukavu while filming activities of a team of technicians and soldiers involved in a UNESCO-sponsored project to demarcate a park.
In The Gambia, Omar Barrow of the Dakar-based Sud FM Radio was shot dead on 10 April by a uniformed member of the Gambia anti-riot unit during a demonstration.
Mozambique's Carlos Cardoso, 48, editor of Metical, a daily fax newsletter was shot dead 22 November by two assailants wielding AK-47 assault rifles as he left his office in Maputo.
Ahmed Kali Awale, who worked for the Radio of the Somali People, owned by Somali warlord Hussein Aidid, was killed by a stray bullet fired by thieves while on an assignment at the Baraka market in Mogadishu on 26 January.
In South Africa, Coletane Markham, a sub-editor of 'The Sowetan' was attacked outside her home in New Horizon, Johannesburg, by an unknown assailant who battered her head on 5 May.
She died in hospital the following morning.
In Zambia, the body of Antonio Paciencia, a journalist from Angola who had gone missing in the west of Zambia was found in the Zambezi River 2 October.
Paciencia, an editor for state radio in Luanda was among a group of journalists flown to western Zambia on a media visit organised by the United Nations.
Colombia, where 10 journalists were killed last year led 25 other countries worldwide.
The data also shows that six journalists have so far been killed this year in the course of duty.
The killings took place in Colombia (1), Indonesia (1), Mexico (1), Paraguay (1) and Philippines (2).

04 may 2001 16:44:00

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