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Journalists killed on duty in US, Canada since 1976

Sun Online Desk     29th June, 2018 12:18:47 printer

Journalists killed on duty in US, Canada since 1976


The fatal shootings of four journalists and a sales staffer in Annapolis, Maryland, are the latest killings of news-industry workers. While journalists covering international conflicts often face significant risks, it's relatively rare for those working in the US to be targeted. However, at least 17 other journalists in the US or Canada have been slain over the past four decades at work or in work-related incidents.


Alison Parker, a reporter at WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, was fatally shot along with Adam Ward, a cameraman at the station, during a live broadcast on Aug. 26, 2015. The former co-worker who killed them posted video of the attack online and killed himself hours later.


Chauncey Bailey, editor-in-chief of the Oakland Post in Oakland, California, was fatally shot on a downtown street on Aug. 2, 2007, while on his way to work. The shooter was a handyman and occasional cook at a bakery who had said he was angered by Bailey's coverage of the bakery and its staff.


William Biggart, freelance news photographer, was killed after rushing to the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. His body was found in the rubble of ground zero.


Robert Stevens, a photo editor for The Sun in Boca Raton, Florida, died on Oct. 5, 2001, when a letter containing deadly anthrax spores was opened at the then-headquarters in Boca Raton of American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, Sun and Globe tabloids.


Tara Singh Hayer, publisher of the Indo-Canadian Times in Surrey, British Columbia, was shot Nov. 18, 1998, in the garage of his home in Surrey. He had frequently denounced Sikh fundamentalists.


Dona St. Plite, a Haitian-born radio host who had supported Haiti's president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, after a 1991 coup, was shot October 24, 1993, as he was leaving a Miami fundraising event for the family of another slain radio host.


Manuel de Dios Unanue, a Cuban-born journalist and former editor of El-Diario-La Prensa in New York City, was shot March 11, 1992, in a Queens, New York, restaurant. He wrote exposes on Colombian drug lords.


Fritz Dor, a Haitian-born radio host and supporter of Haiti's president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was shot March 15, 1991, as he left his Miami office. Jean-Claude Olivier, a Haitian-born radio host and Aristide supporter, was shot Feb. 18, 1991, as he walked to his car from a Miami nightclub.


Nhan Trong Do, a layout editor for Van Nghe Tien Phong, was found shot in his car outside his Seven Corners, Virginia, home on Nov. 22, 1989.


Tap Van Pham, a publisher of Mai, a Vietnamese-language entertainment magazine in Garden Grove, California, died Aug. 9, 1987, when an arsonist set fire to the building housing his home and office. He had received threats from anti-Communist groups.


Henry Liu, a Chinese journalist who wrote a critical biography of Taiwan President Chiang Ching-kuo, was shot Oct. 15, 1984, as he sat in a car in the garage of his home in Daly City, California.


Alan Berg, a Denver talk-show host, was shot outside his downtown condominium on Aug. 24, 1982, by two members of a white supremacist group.


Nguyen Dam Phong, founder of Tu Do, a Vietnamese-language newspaper in Houston, was shot to death Aug. 24, 1982, outside his home. He published articles accusing Vietnamese anti-Communist groups of being fronts for organized crime.


Lam Trong Duong, editor of Cai Dinh Lang, a Vietnamese- language community newsletter in San Francisco, was shot to death July 21, 1981, on a street. He maintained an editorial viewpoint sympathetic to Hanoi.


Don Bolles, an investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic, was fatally wounded on June 2, 1976, when a bomb exploded in his car outside a Phoenix hotel.


Sources: The Associated Press, American Journalism Review and the Committee To Protect Journalists.