Boston Globe correspondent and translator killed in car accident

New York, May 9, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply saddened by the death of Elizabeth Neuffer, a veteran foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe, and her translator, who were killed today in a car accident while on assignment in Iraq.

According to The Boston Globe, the 46-year-old Neuffer died “when the car in which she was a passenger apparently struck a guardrail near the town of Samarra, about halfway between Tikrit and Baghdad.” The Globe said Neuffer had been returning to Baghdad from Tikrit, where she had spent the night working on a story.

Waleed Khalifa Hassan Al-Dulami, Neuffer’s translator, also died in the accident, The Globe reported.

“Elizabeth was a beloved friend dedicated to journalism and its highest ideals, whether she was reporting daily news or uncovering hideous crimes of war in danger zones from Bosnia to Rwanda,” said CPJ executive director Ann Cooper. “Our deepest sympathies go out to her friends, family, and colleagues.”