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Journalist murdered in drive-by shooting

New York, October 22, 2001—An ethnic Albanian journalist in Kosovo was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting last Friday, according to local and international reports.

Bekim Kastrati, a journalist for the Albanian-language daily Bota Sot, was shot on October 19 at around 8 p.m. in the village of Lausa, west of the provincial capital, Pristina, along with two other men who were riding in his car at the time. One of the men was killed, and the other was wounded.

October 22, 2001 12:00 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Angola, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Kosovo, Peru, Russia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Ukraine, Yugoslavia

Attacks on the Press 2000: Introduction

By Ann Cooper

IN THE COMMUNITY OF JOURNALISTS WHO HAVE CHRONICLED the past decade's worst wars, the news last May was devastating. Two of the world's most dedicated war correspondents, Kurt Schork of Reuters and Miguel Gil Moreno de Mora of The Associated Press, were killed in a rebel ambush in Sierra Leone, a country where civil strife has claimed the lives of 15 local journalists and foreign correspondents since 1997. The haunting image on the cover of this book is Gil Moreno, whose camera took television viewers into the bloody heart of late 20th century conflict.
March 19, 2001 12:10 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Attacks on the Press 2000: Europe & Central Asia Analysis

POLITICAL REFORMS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH, along with the advent of democratic governments in Croatia and Serbia, brightened the security prospects for journalists in Central Europe and the Balkans. In contrast, Russian's new government imposed press restrictions, and authoritarian regimes entrenched themselves in other countries of the former Soviet Union, particularly in Central Asia, further threatening the independent press.

CPJ confirmed that in 2000, five journalists were killed as a result of their reporting in Europe and Central Asia. In Russia, two journalists were killed in Chechnya, and one in Moscow. (CPJ could not confirm the motives for the killings of four other journalists in Russia during the year.) In Ukraine, the disappearance and murder of Internet journalist Georgy Gongadze highlighted the extreme vulnerability of independent journalists in that country. And in a rare Western European case, a Spanish journalist was killed in response to his coverage of the Basque separatist group ETA.
March 19, 2001 12:10 PM ET


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