Journalists Killed  |  Sierra Leone

Edward Smith


April 13, 1998, in Banbanduhun, Sierra Leone

Smith, a Sierra Leonean citizen and a reporter for the BBC, was killed while traveling with West African peacekeeping soldiers when Rebel United Front forces ambushed their vehicles. Smith had covered the northeastern region (Makeni and Kono districts) of Sierra Leone since the Armed Forces Ruling Council took power in May 1997. He had previously worked as a reporter for the independent newspaper Vision and as editor of The Storm newspaper.

Medium: Radio

Job: Broadcast Reporter

Beats Covered: War

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Crossfire/Combat-Related

Suspected Source of Fire: Paramilitary Group

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