Newspaper editor assassinated


That may sound like a headline from a third world country, but this happened Thursday in the USA. Chauncey Bailey, editor of the Oakland Post, was gunned down by a masked man on a downtown street in the California city. Bailey had a long career as an aggressive journalist for East Bay news outlets, including KDIA-AM, local cable TV channels and 12 years at the Oakland Tribune. Bailey had been editor of the Oakland Post, a weekly aimed at the African-American community, only since June. Local news reports say the masked gunman, wearing dark clothing, approached Bailey as he was walking to work from his nearby apartment, shot him once in the back and once in the head, then ran away. Police believe Bailey was specifically targeted and are trying to determine the motive for his killing.