Journalists Killed  |  Sierra Leone

Jenner "J.C." Cole


January 9, 1999, in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Cole, an on-air broadcaster with the independent radio station SKY-FM, was abducted by Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels from his home near Sandars Street in central Freetown. He was being taken along with other captives to an RUF base in the east end of Freetown when a distraction caused by a West African peacekeeping force (ECOMOG) plane flying overhead allowed the other prisoners to flee.

Cole, who was prevented by the RUF rebels from escaping, was shot dead by his abductors in front of his fiancee. RUF forces reportedly entered Freetown with a list of journalists to be eliminated for what was perceived as "anti-RUF" coverage.

Medium: Radio

Job: Columnist / Commentator

Beats Covered: War

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: Yes

Tortured: No

Threatened: Yes

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