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Iraqi journalist murdered outside his home in Mosul

Iraqi journalist Mohiddin Abdulhamid al-Nakib, gunned down Tuesday outside his home in the northern city of Mosul, 370 km north of Baghdad, according to the Paris-based Reporters sans Frontières (RSF).

His death brings to 216 the number of media workers killed in Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003, 12 per cent of whom have died in Mosul, the country's second most dangerous city for media professionals.

Al-Nakib, 50, was shot as he was leaving his home in the al-Zirae district in the north of the city to go to work. One of his colleagues told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that he presented cultural and religious programmes on al-Iraqiya television, which is part of the Iraqi public media network. Head of programmes for the channel in Mosul, Samir Slouki, told RSF that al-Nakib had "like very many others, received threats from terrorist groups."

"The journalist was ambushed in front of his home, an attack which bears the hallmarks of a number of armed groups that are the scourge of the press in Iraq. Even without any claim of responsibility, it is highly likely that the journalist was targeted because he worked for a state media," RSF said.

"We urge the government of Nuri al-Maliki to open an investigation into who was responsible and to bring them to trial. The impunity that has prevailed in the country for more than five years only encourages the killers of journalists to continue their evil work", the organisation added.

Since the start of the Iraq war, 109 media professionals have been killed in Baghdad while 26 have been killed in Mosul.

Date posted: June 17, 2008 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 266