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Photo Credit: VGTRK Russia/Courtesy The Associated Press

KAZBEK  GEKKIYEV

News Organization: VGTRK

Died: 2012

Location: RUSSIA

Gekkiyev, an anchor with state-run VGTRK television in Nalchik, was shot in the head as he returned home after a broadcast. In early 2012, an Islamist leader in the region posted a video online warning that he would “cut the smiles out of journalists’ mouths.”