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Senior Iraqi journalist kidnapped

A senior Iraqi journalist was kidnapped on Wednesday in Baghdad, police said, in the latest attack against the media in Iraq.

  • Agencies
  • Published: 00:00 June 13, 2007
  • Gulf News

Baghdad: A senior Iraqi journalist was kidnapped on Wednesday in Baghdad, police said, in the latest attack against the media in Iraq.

Gunmen in a convoy of cars seized Filaih Wadi Mijthab, managing editor of the state-run Al Sabah daily newspaper, while he was being driven with his son in Shi'ite-dominated Sadr City in east Baghdad. The son and driver were not taken.

The media has been consistently targeted in Iraq's bloody sectarian conflict, making it one of the most dangerous places in the world to report.

Mijthab's abduction would be the eighth of a journalist this year in the country, according to a count kept by the Paris-based media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders, in addition to the 27 who have died while doing their job.

In total, 182 reporters and media assistants have been killed since the March 2003 US-led invasion of the country. The overwhelming majority of the casualties have been Iraqi.

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