The year 2018 started badly badly for journalists as three of them were killed within 6 weeks this year!
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in their mid-February report said they are saddened that two journalists and one citizen-journalist have already been killed in connection with their work so far this year.
In a statement made available to Elombah.com, RSF, stated:
“In Mexico, Carlos Dominguez Rodriguez was the first journalist murdered in 2018. Rodriguez, a journalist for nearly 40 years, had always been critical of local authorities.
“In recent years, he wrote articles for Noreste Digital and Horizonte de Matamoros exposing the political misconduct of authorities in the city of San Nicolás.
“His articles also often condemned the frequent kidnappings and the increase in organized crime and violence in Nuevo Laredo, the town in which he was killed.
“Rodriguez was stabbed to death in broad daylight on January 13, the day after he wrote an impassioned editorial denouncing the failures of the federal government’s security policies.
“Eleven journalists were murdered in Mexico in 2017, making it the deadliest country for reporters in the Western Hemisphere.
“In Yemen, journalist Mohamed Al Qadesi and citizen-journalist Oussama Salem were murdered just five days apart in January.
“Mohammad al Qadesi, a correspondent for the privately-owned broadcaster Belqueez TV, was murdered on January 22 in the Khayami area of Yemen’s southwestern province of Taiz. Oussama Salem, who also covered the clashes in Taiz, was killed on January 27.
“RSF is still uncovering details about their deaths. Two journalists were murdered in Yemen in 2017.
“Of countries not at war, Mexico was the deadliest for journalists in 2017, and eleven journalists were held hostage by armed groups in Yemen last year.
“Dominguez, al Qadesi, and Salem took tremendous risks to perform their professional duty and provide civilians with information vital for their survival.
“They paid the ultimate sacrifice.
“Together, we can set a new standard for 2018. Let’s show the world that journalists will not be killed with impunity any longer. Please make a donation to RSF, and help us keep journalists safe all over the world.”
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