Iraqi newspaperman shot dead

An Iraqi media executive has been shot dead whilst walking in Baghdad, the International Federation of Journalists has reported.

Qassem Abdul Hussein al-Eqabi was shot dead whilst walking in the Shiite Karradah neighbourhood of the city, the IFJ has said. The 36-year-old father of five was head of public relations and distribution for political daily newspaper Al-Muwaten.

The Iraqi Union of Journalists said his death brought the number of journalists killed since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 to 272.

IFJ general secretary Aidan White said: “This latest death again shows the precarious security conditions that Iraqi media continue to face.

‘The Iraqi government must investigate this case and all the other attacks on journalists to prosecute those responsible and send the message that journalist can work freely and safely.’

Two weeks ago Iraqi Union of Journalists president Shihab Al-Timimi, 75, died after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds in what was believed to have been a targeted attack.

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