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Journalist kidnapped

An Iraqi reporter was abducted by gunmen in Kirkuk last week, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the International Press Institute (IPI).

Hussam Daoud al-Eqabi, 22, is a political reporter for Al-Ahed, a radio station in Kirkuk linked with radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr. Al-Eqabi was taken in front of his home. The kidnappers permitted al-Eqabi to call his brother, one hour after being taken, to say he'd been kidnapped, reports CPJ. Armed groups have kidnapped at least 57 journalists, including al-Eqabi, since 2004.

According to RSF, there has been an increase in attacks against journalists in the run-up to legislative elections in March.

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