The editor of the Oakland Post in California was gunned down on Aug. 2. Was his murder linked to his work?


The editor of the Oakland Post was gunned down on his way to work on Aug. 2.

An excerpt of a story in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Chauncey Bailey, editor of the Oakland Post and a former reporter for the Oakland Tribune, was slain by a masked gunman on a downtown Oakland street Thursday, police said.
Bailey, 57, was shot shortly before 7:30 a.m. on 14th Street near Alice Street while walking to work, police said. Paramedics were unable to revive Bailey, an outspoken advocate for the black community and an unabashed critic of corruption.
“With these types of things, we look at all possible motives – financial, family, work-related,” said Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan. “We believe he was targeted.”

Reaction from press-rights organizations was swift — likely because, while journalists are regularly killed in the line of duty, it’s unusual in most developed countries.
 
The Committee to Protect Journalists issued an alert.

From Reporters Without Borders:

Reporters Without Borders is stunned by yesterday’s murder of Chauncey Bailey, the editor of the Oakland Post weekly, in Oakland, California. Gunned down on an Oakland street, Bailey, was known for covering sensitive issues. Some of his colleagues and friends believe his murder may have been linked to his work.

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