Journalists Killed in 1999 - Motive Confirmed: Jenner "J.C." Cole
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2000|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1999 - Motive Confirmed: Jenner "J.C." Cole, January 2000, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e649532c.html [accessed 23 September 2017]|
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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|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|