Iraq : Another Iraqi journalist killed, third since start of protests


first_img December 28, 2020 Find out more December 10, 2019 Iraq : Another Iraqi journalist killed, third since start of protests Help by sharing this information RSF_en News to go further He was the secondjournalist to be abducted in recent weeks. The first was MuhammadAl-Shamari, a member of the Iraqi Observatory for Press Freedoms,who was kidnapped on 17 November and was released the next day. The first journalist tobe killed was Hisham Fares Al-Aadhami, a freelancephotographer who was fatally shot in the chest by an irregularmilitia member while covering the protests in Al-KhilaniSquare on 4 October Middle East – North Africa Iraq Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence “Rarely have Iraqijournalists been so exposed to danger and so vulnerable,” saidSabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “It isunacceptable that reporters in the field should be killed simply forhaving a camera or video camera. The Iraqi authorities mustthoroughly investigate these clearly deliberate murders in order toidentify those responsible.” News Iraq is ranked 156thout of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. The other fatal victimwas Amjed Al-Dahamat, a writer and citizen-journalist who,according to the information obtained by RSF, was shot byunidentified gunmen near his home inthe southeastern province of Maysan on 7 November. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by the growing dangers for journalists in Iraq, where the latest fatal victim was Ahmad Muhanna, a photographer who was shot in the back by unidentified gunmen while covering protests in Baghdad’s Al-Khilani Square on 6 December. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Middle East – North Africa Iraq Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iraq Muhanna was the thirdjournalist to be murdered since a major wave of anti-governmentprotests began in Iraq on 1 October. His death triggered an outcry on social networks. On the same day thatMuhanna was murdered, another freelance photographer, ZaidAl-Khafaji, was kidnapped from his home on his return fromcovering the protests in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square. CCTV camerafootage show men entering his home prior to his disappearance. February 15, 2021 Find out more News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” December 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistanlast_img