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TWO JOURNALISTS KILLED

In Iraq, two journalists have been killed in the past week, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

On 12 December 2006, Iraqi cameraman Aswan Ahmed Lutfallah was shot by insurgents in the northern city of Mosul, reported IFJ. Lutfallah, 35, worked for the Associated Press (AP).

According to an AP report, he was having his car repaired in an industrial area in the eastern part of the city when insurgents and police began fighting nearby and he rushed to cover the clash. Lutfallah had not reported any prior threats against him.

Lutfallah had been employed by AP since 2005. He is survived by his wife, Alyaa Abdul-Karim Salim, a 6-year-old son and an infant daughter. Lutfallah was the third AP employee killed in the Iraq war. Cameraman Saleh Ibrahim was killed in Mosul on 23 April 2005. In 2004, Ismail Taher Mohsin, a driver, was killed in Baghdad.

Eight days prior to Lutfallah's murder, Nabil Ibrahim al-Dulaimi was gunned down on 4 December as he was leaving his home in the Baghdad neighbourhood of al-Washash, reported RSF and CPJ. He was a news editor for the privately-owned Radio Dijla, a broadcaster founded in 2003. He leaves a wife and two daughters aged seven and three.

Al-Dulaimi is the second journalist from Radio Dijla who has been targeted, according to RSF and CPJ. Mohammed Abderrahmane, a presenter, has not been seen since September when he was abducted by unidentified men.

According to CPJ, 90 journalists and 37 media support workers have been killed since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Visit these links:
- IFJ: http://www.ifj.org/default.asp?Index=4472&Language=EN
- CPJ: http://www.cpj.org/news/2006/mideast/iraq04dec06na.html
- Iraq - Journalists in Danger: http://www.cpj.org/Briefings/Iraq/Iraq_danger.html
- RSF: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=20010
- AP: http://www.ap.org/pages/about/whatsnew/wn_121206.html

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