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Journalists Killed in 1998 - Motive Confirmed: Edward Smith

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 1999
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1998 - Motive Confirmed: Edward Smith, January 1999, available at: [accessed 18 December 2017]
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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.

Job:Broadcast Reporter
Beats Covered:War
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Crossfire/Combat-Related
Suspected Source of Fire:Paramilitary Group


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