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Militants increasingly targeting journalists

More than 142 Iraqi journalists have been killed by militants in the past two years, said the Iraqi Journalists Syndication.

  • By Basil Adas, Correspondent
  • Published: 00:00 September 1, 2006
  • Gulf News

Baghdad: More than 142 Iraqi journalists have been killed by militants in the past two years, said the Iraqi Journalists Syndication.

Recently, killings of Iraqi journalists have increased, the last of which happened in an explosion at the Al Sabah newspaper's basement, which resulted in the death of two workers and the injury of three others.

Amer Al Rasheed, a journalist working for Al Mutamar newspaper, told Gulf News that the increase in these operations is due to the stances that many journalists took against terrorists and the killing of civilians.

However, some journalists have taken stands on the Iraqi resistance, especially with the militants who target American forces.

Salam Fawzi, a journalist at Al Ta'akhi Kurdish newspaper, said the problem with the stands journalists take is that they reflect the stands of politicians, and this is why journalists are shoved into struggles between political powers.

The Iraqi Media Network which is headed by Habib and Sadr and includes the Iraqi Satellite Channel, Al Sabah newspaper and other establishments was pushing for an Act of Honour to condemn terror and support the political process and the policies of Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki's government.

Perhaps this was understood as a move against militant groups, which may have contributed to the targeting of journalists.

Haleem Al Araji, Chairman of the Iraqi Journalists Protection Society, said there are efforts to develop a residential city for journalists, in an attempt to protect them.

Al Araja accuses some political powers of turning journalists into scapegoats in political and sectarian disputes.

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