The tragic demise of Hasna Sadat, a seasoned journalist discovered under a building in the Qala-e-Fathullah district of Kabul, is under rigorous investigation, as reported by Khaled Zadran, the spokesperson for the Kabul Security Command. Zadran unveiled on social media that, according to initial forensic examinations, Sadat and her companion were found to be under the influence. Furthermore, an individual has been apprehended in relation to the incident.
A Global Crisis for Journalists
The Israel-Gaza conflict has caused devastation among journalists since the onset of Hamas's unprecedented assault on Israel on October 7. Israel responded with a declaration of war against the militant Palestinian faction, launching attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has undertaken an investigation into all reports of journalists and media workers who are killed, injured, or missing in the war.
As of December 1, CPJ's preliminary findings indicate that at least 57 journalists and media workers are among the over 16,000 fatalities since the war's commencement on October 7, comprising roughly 14,800 Palestinian casualties in Gaza and the West Bank, and 1,200 fatalities in Israel. The war's deadliest day for journalists was its first day, October 7, with six journalists losing their lives. The second most fatal day transpired on November 18, with five journalists killed.
Impunity and Injustice
In a separate but equally shocking case, nine individuals suspected of the murder of renowned Dutch crime reporter Peter R de Vries will face trial in January, with a verdict anticipated by summer. De Vries was ruthlessly shot on a busy Amsterdam street on July 6, 2021, moments after exiting a TV studio where he had been a guest on a show.
In another instance of potential malfeasance, the family of TV journalist Teresa McMahon, found dead in her home, is seeking a judicial review following allegations that police mishandled an investigation into claims she was a victim of domestic abuse. McMahon, 43, a former producer and news editor for ITV, was discovered hanging inside her residence in Little Hulton, Salford, on August 3, 2021.
Justice Served, Sometimes
Former Russian police officer Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his part in orchestrating the 2006 assassination of eminent journalist Anna Politkovskaya, has been pardoned by President Vladimir Putin after participating in Moscow's ongoing full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
In a hopeful turn of events, a German court sentenced a Gambian man to life imprisonment for his involvement in a death squad that executed opponents of former dictator Yahya Jammeh, including an AFP journalist. Bai Lowe was found guilty of crimes against humanity, murder, and attempted murder for his role as a driver for the notorious hit squad, the Junglers.