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Journalists Killed in 1999 - Motive Confirmed: Myles Tierney

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2000
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1999 - Motive Confirmed: Myles Tierney, January 2000, available at: [accessed 23 October 2017]
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Associated Press Television News
January 10, 1999, in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Tierney, a Nairobi-based television producer for Associated Press Television News (APTV), was killed in Freetown while riding with several other journalists when his vehicle was sprayed with bullets by a man reported to be a Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebel. A West African peacekeeping force (ECOMOG) soldier was in the vehicle with the journalists when an armed man approached them and, after an exchange with the soldier, opened fire on the passengers with a semiautomatic rifle. Tierney was killed instantly. Ian Stewart, 32, APTV West Africa bureau chief, was critically wounded. Nairobi-based AP photographer David Guttenfelder suffered cuts from broken glass.

Beats Covered:War
Local or Foreign:Foreign
Type of Death:Crossfire/Combat-Related
Suspected Source of Fire:Political Group


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