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TWO MORE JOURNALISTS KILLED; RSF DEMANDS RELEASE OF HOSTAGES

A journalist who was kidnapped last week was found dead two days later in Baghdad, report Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

The body of Filaih Wadi Mijthab, editor of the daily, state-run newspaper "Al-Sabah", was found near a mosque in a Baghdad suburb on 15 June. Mijthab was on his way to work on 13 June when three unidentified gunmen ordered him out of his vehicle at gunpoint. His driver and son, who were also in the car, were left unharmed.

According to CPJ, insurgents have frequently targeted "Al-Sabah" and other state-run media because of their ties to the U.S.-supported Iraqi government.

Mijthab's murder follows the death of Aref Ali, a journalist for Aswat al-Iraq news agency. Ali was blown up by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad while on assignment in Diyala, where violence has spiked as Iraqi insurgents clash with U.S. and Iraqi troops.

RSF is organising a rally at the Champ-de-Mars in Paris on 20 June to launch a joint appeal with 100 international media outlets for the release of the 14 journalists still being held hostage in Iraq and of BBC journalist Alan Johnston, held hostage in Gaza since 12 March. 20 June marks Johnston's 100th day in captivity.

Visit these links:
- RSF: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=22594
- CPJ on Mijthab's abduction: http://tinyurl.com/394u3p
- CPJ on Ali: http://tinyurl.com/2st7ua
(19 June 2007)

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