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Iraq: Car-bomb maims satellite TV station’s public relations chief

Iraqi journalist Omar Ibrahim Al-Jabouri, the satellite TV station Al-Rasheed’s head of public relations, lost both of his legs Tuesday as a result of a targetted car-bombing in Baghdad, according to Reporters sans Frontières (RSF).

A total of three people were seriously injured when the bomb, attached to the underside of Al-Jabouri’s car, exploded as he set off this morning for work with two neighbours in Micanic, in the south Baghdad suburb of Doura. Al-Jabouri survived the blast, which ripped off both of his legs.“He was rushed to hospital but is still unconscious,” a fellow journalist told RSF.

“This deliberate attack is unacceptable,” Paris-based RSF said. “We call on the authorities to do everything possible to shed light on the motives for this targeted bombing against a journalist. Those responsible must be brought to justice. We have been reminded yet again of the dangers to which the media are constantly exposed in Iraq.”

Many journalists have been injured in bombings in the past few weeks. In a press release on April 8, RSF urged the Iraqi parliament to begin examining a bill for the protection of journalists.

Date posted: April 13, 2010 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 113