Friday, February 10, 2006

Kidnapped and Killed Iraqi Journalists

Yesterday, a new video of kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll was sent to a Kuwaiti TV station. Thankfully, she's still alive.

The media has focused on her safe return to her family and friends. The same media doesn't seem interested in the kidnapping of Iraqi journalists Reem Zeid and Marwan Khazaal. I searched Google News for information about their kidnapping. The only place their names was mentioned was in the press release by Reporters Without Borders regarding the Paris demonstration in support of Jill Carroll and the two kidnapped Iraqi journalists.

The Bahraini newspaper Gulf Daily News is one of the very few sites where I found information about their kidnapping:

Thursday, 2nd February 2006

BAGHDAD: Fourteen people were killed in continuing violence yesterday as two Iraqi TV journalists were kidnapped at gunpoint in Baghdad, the latest in a spate of hostage-takings in recent weeks.
[...]
The abduction of TV journalists occurred several hours after kidnappers of two German engineers issued a 72-hour deadline for Berlin to meet their demands.

Iraqi journalists Reem Zeid and Marwan Khazal from local television company Sumeriya were kidnapped in the capital's Yarmuk district, an interior ministry official said.

The official said the kidnapping occurred when they were either heading to or coming from a Press conference by the Iraqi Islamic Party, a leading Sunni party.

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That's all I can find on Google. No thousands of blogs or sites dedicating posts for their safe return.



Baghdad TV / Via MSNBC

Family and colleagues of journalist Mahmoud Za'al mourn at his funeral on Jan. 25.


Preston Mendenhall, Baghdad correspondent for NBC News wrote about the danger Iraqi journalists face daily to cover stories for their newspapers and TV stations:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Mahmoud Za'al never wanted to be a war correspondent.

A reporter for Baghdad TV, he was assigned to the Iraqi channel's humanitarian beat.

But then the war came to Mahmoud Za'al.

On Jan. 24, while covering a story about a water project in Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, Za'al, 35, was killed by gunfire. He was apparently caught in a skirmish between the U.S. military and Iraqi insurgents.

The circumstances surrounding the incident in Ramadi remain unclear, but Za'al's death underscores the grave dangers faced by Iraqi journalists covering the evolution of the post-Saddam state.

Foreign reporters in Iraq are not immune to violence. On Jan. 29, ABC News co-anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt were seriously injured by a roadside bomb while on patrol with U.S. and Iraqi troops.

But in stark contrast to the wide media attention that incident received, the plight of Iraqi journalists has gone relatively unreported.

More than two-thirds of the 61 journalists killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 were Iraqi, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Thank you Preston for shedding light on the dangerous life of Iraqi journalists.


List of journalists killed in Iraq.

Jan. 25, 2006, Mahmoud Za'al, Baghdad TV
Oct. 19, 2005, Mohammed Haroon, Al-Kadiya
Sept. 20, 2005, Firas Maadidi, As-Saffir and Al-Masar
Sept. 19, 2005, Fakher Haider, The New York Times
Sept. 17, 2005, Hind Ismail, As-Saffir
Aug. 28, 2005, Waleed Khaled, Reuters
Aug. 27, 2005, Rafed Mahmoud Said al-Anbagy, Diyala TV and Radio
Aug. 3, 2005, Steven Vincent, freelance
July, 23, 2005, Adnan al-Bayati, freelance TG3
July 1, 2005, Khalid al-Attar, Al-Iraqiya TV
June 24, 2005, Yasser Shalihee, Knight Ridder
May 31, 2005, Jerges Mahmood Mohamad Suleiman, Nineveh TV
May 15, 2005, Ahmed Adam and Najem Abd Khudair, Al-Mada
April 23, 2005, Saleh Ibrahim, AP Television News
March 14, 2005, Hussam Habib, Kurdistan Satellite TV
Feb, 9, 2005, Abdul-Hussein Khazal, Alhurra

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