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Slovakia: Press freedom groups welcome start of Kuciak murder trial

Ten international and regional press freedom and journalism groups, including the International Press Institute (IPI), today issued a statement welcoming the start of the murder trial against four suspects accused of murdering Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, in Februrary 2018. Read the full statement below. Press freedom groups welcome start of trial [...]

Two TV journalists gunned down covering protests in Iraq

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned the recent murder of a Dilja TV correspondent and his cameraman in Iraq and called for their killers to be swiftly brought to justice. Journalist Ahmen Abdel Samad and cameraman Safaa Ghali were shot by [...]

Four arrested in Egyptian raid on Turkish news agency

Egyptian security forces have raided the headquarters of the Turkish state news agency in Cairo, arresting three Egyptian journalists and one Turkish journalist. The police raid on the Anadolu Agency (AA) offices took place on the evening of Tuesday, January 14. The reason for their arrest is unclear and the location of the four journalists [...]

Ghana must expedite investigation into journalist’s killing

One year after the killing of Ghana journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale, the International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, expressed deep concern over the lack of progress in the murder investigation. Ahmed Hussein-Suale, an investigative journalist working for the organization Tiger Eye, was shot dead on [...]

Kuciak Trial Day Two: Key witness implicates mastermind

Four suspects are on trial in Slovakia for the February 2018 murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and fiancée Martina Kušnírová. IPI is attending the trial in Pezinok, Slovakia as an observer. Follow @globalfreemedia for live reports. Daily summaries will be published on IPI's website.  PEZINOK, Slovakia – A key prosecution witness today testified in court that [...]

Kuciak Trial Day One: Alleged hitman pleads guilty

PEZINOK, Slovakia – An alleged hitman plead guilty today in a Slovak court to murdering journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kušnírová in February 2018. Miroslav Marček, a former solider, testified that he shot Kuciak on February 21, 2018 at the home he and Kušnírová shared in Velka Maca. He said that he then [...]

Safaa al-Ghali, Iraq

Safaa al-Ghali , a cameraman for  Iraqi cable news outlet Dijla TV, was shot on January 10 outside a police station in Basra while he was sitting in a car with his colleague after covering the anti-government protests. He was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to injuries.  The interior minister of Iraq has ordered [...]

Ahmed Abdul Samad, Iraq

Ahmed Abdul Samad, a correspondent for Iraqi cable news outlet Dijla TV, was found shot dead in his car outside a police station on January 10 in Basra. Samad was covering the anti-government protests, the TV station said in a statement.  His colleague, a cameraman suffered bullet wounds and was rushed to hospital where he died.

IPI to monitor murder trial in killing of Slovak journalist

The International Press Institute (IPI) will monitor the murder trial beginning Monday, January 13 of four suspects accused of murdering Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, in February 2018. IPI Deputy Director Scott Griffen will attend and report from the first day of the trial on Monday in Pezinok, just outside the [...]

Fidel Ávila Gómez, Mexico

Fidel Ávila Gómez, 42, a host and manager of the radio station La Ke Buena, in Huetamo in Mexico's Michoacan state, was found dead on January 9, with bullet wounds. The journalist had been kidnapped by some armed men on November 29, 2019 while he was on his way to cover an event in  in the city of [...]