Slideshow: Journalists killed in 2014

In 2014, at least 60 journalists and 11 media workers were killed in relation to their work, according to CPJ research. Local and international journalists died covering conflicts, including in Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine, while many others were murdered reporting on corruption and organized crime in their own countries.

Here, CPJ remembers some of the journalists who gave their lives to bring us this year’s headlines.


  • Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz‘s family walks to his funeral. The Mexican journalist was abducted and killed in February. (AP/Felix Marquez)
  • The family of Egyptian journalist Mayada Ashraf carries her coffin during her funeral. Ashraf was shot dead covering clashes in March. (AP/Ahmed Gomaa)
  • A 2011 photo taken by Anja Niedringhaus shows a soldier in Helmand province in Afghanistan. Niedringhaus, a German photographer for the AP, was shot dead by a police officer in Afghanistan in April. (AP/Anja Niedringhaus)
  • Rubylita Garcia‘s friends and family call for justice after she was killed in her home in the Philippines in April. (AFP/Jay Directo)
  • Camille Lepage, a freelance French photographer who was found dead in May in the Central African Republic, had photographed internally displaced people who had little help for their humanitarian needs. (Camille Lepage)
  • A photo shows the passports of Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli and Russian media worker Andrei Mironov, who were killed in May near the eastern Ukrainian town of Sloviansk. (AFP)
  • Somalis look at the car in which local journalist Yusuf Ahmed Abukar was killed by a bomb. (AP/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
  • In late April, the Palestinian TV station Palestine Today reported that its reporter, Bilal Ahmed Bilal, had died in prison in Syria. Bilal had also contributed to several Arabic-language news outlets. (Facebook)

  • Family members of Hamid Shihab, a driver for the Gaza-based press agency Media 24, mourn his death. Shihab was killed when his car, which was clearly marked as press, was struck by an Israel Defense Forces airstrike in July. (Reuters/Ashraf Amrah)

  • This photo of Simone Camilli, an Italian journalist for The Associated Press, was taken two days before he died. On August 13, the journalist was killed when an unexploded missile blew up in the northern Gaza Strip. (AP/Khalil Hamra)

  • This 2011 photo shows U.S. freelance reporter James Foley, at left, in Libya. Foley was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012 and killed by the militant group Islamic State in August. (AFP/Aris Messinis)

  • The wife of Burmese journalist Aung Kyaw Naing stands in front of a family photograph. Burmese military said it had shot the journalist dead while holding him in custody. (Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun)

  • ‘When looking back at the top news stories of 2014, remember those who died to bring them to us.’
    (CPJ/Samantha Libby)