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Gunmen kill 2d Iraqi journalist in two days

By Sinan Salaheddin
Associated Press / September 9, 2010

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BAGHDAD — Gunmen yesterday killed an Iraqi TV journalist, the second to be slain in Iraq in two days, highlighting the dangers media workers continue to face in the country seven years after the US-led invasion.

While a number of foreign correspondents were killed in the years immediately following the invasion, Iraqi journalists are now the main target, especially photographers and TV journalists who are easier to spot, according to Reporters Without Borders, a media watchdog based in Paris.

The group released a report Tuesday entitled “The Iraq War: A Heavy Death Toll for the Media,’’ which coincided with the killing of Riyad Assariyeh, an anchor at state-run Iraqiya TV.

Assariyah also served on Baghdad’s Provincial Council. He was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a western Baghdad neighborhood.

In the northern city of Mosul, Safaa Abdul-Hameed, a correspondent for a local TV station, was killed yesterday morning near his home in the eastern part of the city. The gunmen shot him from a speeding car, police said.

Hameed, a father of six, had worked at al-Mousiliyah channel for about a year, his colleagues said.

At least 230 media workers have been killed in Iraq since 2003, according to Reporters Without Borders. Of those killed, 172 were journalists. The rest were translators, drivers, and assistants.

Also yesterday, at least six people were killed in two separate bombings in Baghdad, police and hospital officials said.

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