CHRONOLOGY: Journalists killed in Iraq

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, January 30, 2008
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A cameraman working for an Iraqi Shi’ite satellite television channel and his driver were killed by a roadside bomb attack north of Baghdad on Tuesday, an official from the channel said.

Aala Abdul-Kareem, a cameraman with al-Furat channel, run by the powerful Shi’ite party the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council headed by Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, died after the attack near the town of Balad, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad.

Iraq is the most dangerous place in the world to report. At least 122 journalists and 41 media support staff have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, the New-York based Committee to Protect Journalists says. About 85 percent of those killed were Iraqis.

Following is a chronology of those reported killed in the past six months:

July 11 – Gunmen shoot dead a translator who worked for Reuters near the Diyala bridge in Baghdad, an area known to be rife with Shi’ite and Sunni militants.

July 12 – Photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and driver Saeed Chmagh, both of whom worked for Reuters, are killed in eastern Baghdad during clashes between U.S. forces and militants.

July 13 – Khalid Hassan, an Iraqi reporter working for the New York Times, is shot dead in the southern Saidiya district of Baghdad.

July 16 – Sports reporter Majeed Mohammed and writer/researcher Mustafa Gaimayani are among 85 people killed when a blast hit the offices of the Hawal Media Institute in Kirkuk.

Sept 20 – Muhannad Ghanem Ahmed, of radio Dar Al Salam, is killed in the northern city of Mosul.

Sept 23 – Gunmen kill Jawad al-Daami, a journalist for Baghdadiya television, in al-Qadissiya district of southwestern Baghdad.

Oct 14 – Salih Saif Aldin, a Washington Post correspondent in Iraq, is killed in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadiyah. He is the first Post reporter to be killed during the Iraq war.

Oct 27 – Shehab Mohammed al-Hiti, a Sunni Arab editor of the al-Youm newspaper, is killed after leaving his home in western Baghdad.

2008

Jan 30 – Aala Abdul-Kareem, a cameraman with al-Furat channel, is killed by a roadside bomb attack north of Baghdad.

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