samedi 2 juin 2007

Two Turkmens among the five Iraqi journalists killed since May 26th 2007

Reporters Without Borders said four Iraqi journalists had been killed by armed groups since May 26.

That count did not include an Associated Press Television News cameraman, who was shot to death Thursday during clashes in a Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad.

According to the group, police said the body of Aidan Abdullah al-Jamiji, who was in charge of Kirkuk television's Turkomen-language section and a well-known local musician, was found on May 26 in the trunk of his car, which been torched and dumped near a cemetery in the northern city of Kirkuk.

Two days later, Mahmoud Hassib al-Kassab, the editor of the weekly Al-Hawadith newspaper and a member of a local Turkoman group, was shot to death outside his home in the northern part of Kirkuk.

Abdul-Rahman al-Issawi, a 34-year-old journalism professor at Baghdad university and a contributor to several newspapers, was killed Tuesday along with seven family members, when gunmen stormed into his home west of Fallujah and opened fire.

Nizar al-Radhi, 38, an employee of the independent news agency Voices of Iraq and correspondent since last year for Radio Free Iraq, was shot to death and several of his colleagues were wounded Wednesday in a drive-by shooting as they were leaving a news conference outside the city hall of Amarah, southeast of Baghdad.

Saif M. Fakhry, a 26-year-old Associated Press Television News cameraman, was shot to death Thursday as he was walking to a mosque during clashes in the Sunni neighborhood of Amariyah in Baghdad, although his death was not included in the Reporters Without Borders statement.

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