Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Four Iraqi Journalists Killed In Iraq

Source: CPJ

It has become part of the killing culture in Iraq to kill the messenger. The numbers above represent the Iraqi journalists killed since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. You don't hear much about their tragic death in the media. Each country cares for its own citizens. So, I understand how these fallen Iraqi journalists don't get enough attention from the media and bloggers.

Four Iraqi journalists were murdered during the last two weeks. No outrage was heard in the blogsphere. No lengthy analysis of how great they were to their readers and families. They're just numbers for the non-Iraqi crowd.

Committee to Protect Journalists wrote this in their press release:

Unidentified gunmen shot Mohammad Abbas Mohammad, 28, an editor for the Shiite-owned newspaper Al-Bayinnah Al-Jadida, as he was leaving his home in the Adil section of western Baghdad to go to work early Monday morning, according to The Associated Press and CPJ sources. Mohammad was highly critical of politicians and Iraqi officials regardless of sect or affiliation, a local source told CPJ. The journalist had received several death threats because he worked for the paper, local journalists said.

Late Monday, the body of freelance journalist Ismail Amin Ali, 30, was discovered by police in the eastern section of Baghdad known as al-Sadr city, according to a CPJ source. His body was riddled with bullets, and Iraqi police said they found signs of torture, The Associated Press reported. A local source told CPJ that the journalist was abducted while he was at a gas station in al-Shaab neighborhood of Baghdad two weeks ago. The kidnappers had demanded ransom, but his family was unable to pay.

A local source said Ali, a well-known Sunni columnist for several Baghdad-based papers, including Al-Sabah and Al-Qarar, may have been targeted because he was highly critical of the Shiite-dominated security forces.


If you're a Sunni and critical of the Shia, then you get killed by the Shia death squads. If you're a Shia and critical of the Sunnis, then you get killed by the Sunni death squads. Sometimes, you get killed by either one just for being critical of both sides. Good to know both sides actually read newspapers. I think their tactics actually work considering how many educated Iraqis had left Iraq during the last three years. Very soon Iraq will become the signature country of the Taliban Backwardness Corporation.

OK, I know this is very depressing. So, here's good news of the day:

BAGHDAD, Iraq Aug 9, 2006 (AP)— U.S. Marines have arrested four Iraqi men in connection with the kidnapping of U.S. journalist Jill Carroll, who was freed last March after 82 days in captivity, a U.S. spokesman said Wednesday.

Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said the four, who were not identified, were arrested in Anbar province west of Baghdad but he did not say when. Caldwell said Carroll, who works for the Christian Science Monitor, was held 7 miles west of Fallujah before she was freed March 30.


The Christian Science Monitor announced that Jill will tell her kidnapping story in a 11-part series. The series will run in the Monitor beginning Aug. 14. So, check their Web site for the story.

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