Orhan Hijran, an 18-year-old cameraman with the
Baghdad-based independent al-Rasheed satellite channel, was killed when a bomb
exploded in front of his house in Al-Khadhrah neighborhood, in southwestern
The bomb exploded at around 1:30 p.m. as Hijran and Mohammed Abdullah Zadeh, a correspondent with the Cairo-based Al-Baghdadia, were returning home from an assignment. Abdullah Zadeh was slightly injured and discharged from the hospital in the late afternoon. “He has been traumatized since the attack because he carried [Hijran] to the hospital,” Assaf said.
“We are saddened by the death of Orhan Hijran and send our
deepest condolences to his family and colleagues,” said
Assaf said he did not know whether Hijran was targeted: “The station is not a political channel, it covers entertainment, culture, and art,” he said. CPJ is investigating whether Hirjan was killed because of his work. The channel was launched in January.
Local journalists told CPJ that the southwestern area of