The body of American journalist Marie Colvin, who was killed in Syria alongside French photographer Remi Ochlik on Feb. 22, is finally going home to the United States, the AFP reports. Her body arrived in Paris Sunday.
The deaths of Colvin and Ochlik, along with that of New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid, who died in Syria Feb. 16, have highlighted the dangers journalists face in reporting on conflict zones.
The Committee to Protect Journalists estimates that 11 journalists already have been killed in 2012, and that 47 more were killed in 2011. The top five deadliest countries for journalists last year were Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Brazil and Mexico. Syria is topping the list for 2012, with six journalists dying there.
In the past weeks and this weekend, local and foreign journalists in four countries have been threatened, attacked or killed.
In Somalia, on Sunday, journalist Ali Ahmed Abdi was shot dead by armed men while walking home in the town of Galkayo, the BBC reports
Also on Sunday, two British journalists working for Iran's English-Language Press TV were detained in Libya, allegedly for entering the country illegally and for possible espionage, the AFP reports. A day later, a Libyan official said that detention was unauthorized.
In Bangladesh over the last several weeks, journalists in Dhaka have reported being “besieged like never before,” the Global Post reports. The intimidation is likely a result of their coverage of an upcoming war crimes trial, for which they could be detained for defamation or sedition, according to the Global Post.
Before the Russian election held Sunday, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported new intimidation against members of the Russian media, mostly against those who spoke out against then-presidential candidate, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The group cited intimidation tactics, such as random firing of editors, dismissing of media directors and obstruction of content.
“[It] is a collection of signals which send an unequivocal message,” Igor Yakovenko, former head of the Russian Union of Journalists, told CPJ. “That the game is over.”