Journalist Kim Wall Killed on a Civilian Submarine

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Year 25 Aug 2017 Country Denmark Category A. Attacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists Source of threat Non-state Partner EFJ/IFJ , CPJ , Index , RSF Alert level Level 1
25 Aug 2017 Denmark A. Attacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists Non-state EFJ/IFJ , CPJ , Index , RSF Level 1
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Freelance journalist Kim Wall (30) was reported missing on 10 August 2017 after she failed to return from a trip aboard a Danish civilian midjet submarine, the US3 Nautilus, with its inventor Peter Langkjær Madsen. The journalist was interviewing the Danish submarine builder for a feature at a time of her disappearance. Mr Madsen was arrested on 12 August under the suspicion of causing Wall's death in connection with her disappearance. After initially claiming he had dropped her safely near Copenhagen, later reportedly told investigators that she had died in accident and he had buried her at sea. On 23 August, 2017 the Danish police identified a headless torso found off the waters of Copenhagen as Kim Wall confirming the death of the journalist. Kim Wall, a graduate from Columbia University’s school of journalism, had worked for many news organisations including the Guardian, the New York Times and the South China Morning Post.


New 24 Jan 2018 : On 16 January 2018 Peter Madsen was formally charged by the Danish prosecution with premeditated killing, sexual assault and improper handling of a body. The trial is scheduled to start in Copenhagen on 8 March.


25 Aug 2017 : Killing of Swedish journalist Kim Wall points at threats faced by journalists, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media says.
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