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Journalists and Media Workers Lost in the Line of Duty

Journalists and Media Workers Lost in the Line of Duty

Journalists and Media Workers Lost in the Line of Duty

Journalists and Media Workers Lost in the Line of Duty

Published on 12 April 2017
Hansard and Statements by Senator Joan Fraser (retired)

Hon. Joan Fraser:

Honourable senators, again this year I want to draw your attention to the journalist and media support workers who were killed around the world last year because of what they did, because of their profession, because they were journalists.

The sad list comes from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Forty-eight journalists and two media workers:

In Afghanistan: David Gilkey, Zabihullah Tamanna, Naimatullah Zaheer and Mohammad Nasir Mudasir.

In Brazil: João Miranda do Carmo.

In India: Karun Misra and Rajdev Ranjan

In Guinea: El-Hadj Mohamed Diallo

In Iraq: Hassan al-Anbaki, Saif Talal, Ali Mahmud, Mustafa Said, Ali Risan, Ahmet Haceroglu and Ali Ghani

In Libya: Khaled al-Zintani, Abdelqadir Fassouk and Jeroen Oerlemans.

In Mexico: Marcos Hernández Bautista and Elidio Ramos Zárate.

In Myanmar: Soe Moe Tun.

In Pakistan: Shehzad Ahmed and Mehmood Khan.

In Somalia: Abdiaziz Ali and Mahad Ali Mohamed.

In Syria: Majid Dirani, Osama Jumaa, Khaled Eissa, Ibrahim Omar, Abdullah Mohammad Ghannam, Mohammed Sayyed Hassan, Ahmad Hallak,Taha Shawkat Al-Halou, Sami Jawdat Rabah, Samer Mohammed Aboud, Mustafa Abdul Hassa, Shaam, Mohammed Eissa, Abdul Salam Kanaan, Mohsen Khazaei and Mahmoud Shabaan al-Haj Hadhir.

In Somalia: Sagal Salad Osman.

In Turkey: Rohat Aktas and Zaher al-Shurqat.

In Ukraine: Pavel Sheremet.

In Yemen: Almigdad Mojalli, Hashim al-Hamran, Ahmed al-Shaibani, Mohammed Ghalib al-Majidi, Mubarak al-Abadi and Awab al-Zubiry.

All these people, colleagues, we know were killed because of their work as journalists.

The Committee to Protect Journalists lists another 29 who were killed last year, where it is quite possible but not yet proved that they, too, were killed because they were journalists. We can’t bring them back, but we can bear witness to them and honour them.