Archive for April, 2013

Move citing “unprofessional reporting which escalated sectarian tension” comes as funerals are held for slain soldiers.

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Rage was killed by two gunmen who trailed him to his home, local media said [Reuters]

Radio reporter Mohamed Ibrahim Rage, shot in Mogadishu, is the fifth journalist to be killed in Somalia this year.


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Al Jazeera journalist Tareq Ayoub was killed in a US airstrike during the US-led invasion of Iraq. His daughter Fatima was 14 months old at the time. [GALLO/GETTY]

On April 8, 2003, during the US-led invasion of Iraq, Al Jazeera correspondent Tareq Ayoub was killed when a US warplane bombed Al Jazeera’s headquarters in Baghdad.

The invasion and subsequent nine-year occupation of Iraq claimed the lives of a record number of journalists. It was undisputedly the deadliest war for journalists in recorded history.

Disturbingly, more journalists were murdered in targeted killings in Iraq than died in combat-related circumstances, according to the group Committee to Protect Journalists.

CPJ research shows that “at least 150 journalists and 54 media support workers were killed in Iraq from the US-led invasion in March 2003 to the declared end of the war in December 2011.”

“The media were not welcome by the US military,” Soazig Dollet, who runs the Middle East and North Africa desk of Reporters Without Borders told Al Jazeera. “That is really obvious.”

Unfortunately for Al Jazeera and Tareq Ayoub, Dollet’s statement was all too true.

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