Killing of British journalists brings Iraq media death toll to 127

The killing of two British journalists in Baghdad on Monday brings
the total number of media workers killed in the Iraq conflict so far to
127, according to the International Federation of Journalists.

Paul
Douglas, 48, and James Brolan, 42, were killed when the US military
unit they were embedded with came under attack from a car bomb. They
were working for US network CBS. Correspondent Kimberley Dozier, 39,
was seriously injured.

Dozier held dual US-Britsh citizenship and is a former correspondent for the World Service.

IFJ
general secretary Aidan White said: "This was a tragic example of how
journalists embedded with occupation forces face the same perilous
conditions that have affected many local reporters.

"Our thoughts
tonight are with the friends and families of the victims and we must
redouble our efforts to try to keep journalists out of the firing line."

White
said: "These new deaths are tragedies that affect all media people and
add to the atmosphere of terror surrounding the work of media that
makes independent news coverage of the country almost impossible."

The
deaths of the two men come as British troops in the south of Iraq have
come under increasing attacks. Two British soldiers were killed in a
roadside bomb over the weekend.

Picture: Reuters. Kimberley Dozier is airlifted to hospital

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