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Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Confirmed: Zakariya Isa

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 20 December 2011
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Nigeria Television Authority
October 22, 2011, in Maiduguri, Nigeria

Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group that seeks the imposition of Shariah law in the predominantly Muslim states of northern Nigeria, claimed responsibility for the murder of Isa, 41, a reporter and cameraman for the state-run Nigeria Television Authority, or NTA, in the northeastern state of Borno, according to local journalists and news reports.

About a month before the killing, Boko Haram had issued a statement saying it would attack media organizations for what it described as misrepresentations of its activities, according to press reports. Journalists told CPJ that Boko Haram perceived cameramen and photographers, particularly those working for state media, as potential spies.

In an emailed statement issued after the killing, Boko Haram spokesman Abul Qaqa said the militants killed Isa "because he was spying on us for Nigerian security authorities," according to Agence France-Presse. Local journalists and Nigerian authorities said the assertion was untrue, AFP reported.

Job:Camera Operator
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Paramilitary Group
Taken Captive:No
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