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Two Iraqi journalists gunned down in separate incidents

by Jon Elmer

Oct. 18, 2004 –

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Two more journalists died in separate incidents this past week in Iraq, already considered the most dangerous assignment in the world for media workers.

On Saturday, four masked gunmen shot 22-year-old Iraqi photographer Karam Hussein, who worked for the European Press Agency, outside his home in Mosul. EPA Editor-in-Chief Cengiz Seren told the Committee to Protect Journalists that there were no known threats against Hussein and that the motive for what was apparently a targeted murder is unknown.

Gunmen also killed Iraqi television reporter Dina Mohammed Hassan in a drive-by shooting outside her home in the Al-Adhamiya neighbourhood of Baghdad. Hassan worked for Al-Hurriya, a TV station run by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. The motive for Hassan’s killing is also uncertain.

According to the CPJ, at least 46 media workers, including 33 journalists have lost their lives in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion.

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