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Journalists Killed in 1999 - Motive Confirmed: Jenner "J.C." Cole

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2000
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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 fiancée. RUF forces reportedly entered Freetown with a list of journalists to be eliminated for what was perceived as "anti-RUF" coverage.

Job:Columnist / Commentator
Beats Covered:War
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Political Group


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