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MEDIA EXECUTIVE KILLED

An Iraqi media executive was shot to death on a Baghdad street last week, report the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Qassim Abdul Hussein al-Iqabi, the head of public relations and distribution for the local political daily "Al-Muwatin", was shot by unknown gunmen while walking in Baghdad's predominantly Shiite Karradah neighbourhood on 13 March.

According to CPJ, the board of "Al-Muwatin" is headed by a former oil minister and a Shiite member of parliament, Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloom.

At least 127 journalists and 50 media support staff have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, says CPJ.

The Iraqi Media Safety Group, which was formed by the Iraqi Journalists' Syndicate, Kurdistan Journalists' Syndicate and Iraqi media organisations to promote journalists' safety, is again calling on the Minister of Interior to appoint a special unit to investigate the cases of killed Iraqi journalists. On 27 February, the head of the Iraqi Journalists' Syndicate, Shihab al-Tamimi, died following a similar fatal attack in Baghdad.

Visit these links:
- CPJ: http://tinyurl.com/2znluh
- IFJ: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/91637/
(18 March 2008)

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