Media death toll in Iraq hits 152 since outbreak of war

The International Federation of Journalists said the murder of Iraqi journalist Raed Qaies has brought to 152 the number of journalists killed in Iraq since the start of the war in 2003.

Qaies, 29, was killed on Saturday in southern Baghdad, according to Iraqi Journalists Syndicate (IJS). He worked for the radio station Sawt Al Iraq (Voice of Iraq). He also worked as a producer of economic news for Somer Radio, which is owned by the Somer satellite TV channel.

"The unrelenting tide of violence in this undeclared civil war continues to sweep over media," said IFJ general secretary Aidan White. "With the security situation sliding out of control, journalists risk being killed by any number of groups. This makes critical or investigative reporting impossible. Every day brings fresh news of casualties. It constitutes a terrible assault on press freedom and democracy in Iraq."

Qaies was the 14th media worker to be killed this month. Last week 11 employees were killed in an attack on the Al Shaabiya satellite channel.

 

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