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EDITOR KILLED FOR ARTICLE CRITICISING BAKERY

A newspaper editor was shot to death on a downtown street in California for writing negative reports of a local bakery, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports.

Chauncey Bailey, editor of the weekly paper "Oakland Post", was shot multiple times at close range on his way to work on 2 August. He died at the scene.

Devaughndre Broussard, a 19-year-old handyman and occasional cook at Your Black Muslim Bakery, confessed to the murder following a police raid on 3 August. According to CPJ, Broussard said he killed Bailey because he was angered by negative coverage of the bakery and its staff.

According to local news reports, Bailey had been working on a story about the financial status of the bakery, which had filed for bankruptcy in October 2006. Bailey had also reported on alleged statutory rape accusations against Yusuf Bey, the bakery's founder. Bey died from cancer in 2003.

Bailey was a veteran TV and print journalist in California's Bay Area, and had covered various issues including city politics, crime and African American issues. He took over as editor of "Oakland Post" in June.

According to CPJ, few journalists have been killed in the line of duty in the U.S. The last time a journalist was targeted and killed was in 1993 when Dona St. Plite, a Miami radio reporter of Haitian descent, was gunned down at a benefit. A 1993 CPJ report, "Silenced: The Unsolved Murders of Immigrant Journalists in the United States", found that in all but one case, the victims were immigrant journalists working in languages other than English. Most received little or no national media attention.

Visit these links:
- CPJ: http://tinyurl.com/32vguk
- RSF: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=23148
(7 August 2007)

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