November 7, 2005, in Mosul, IraqAl-Maliki, an editor for Talafar al-Yawm in charge of local affairs, was gunned down by unidentified gunmen while exiting an Internet café in Mosul's central district, the paper's editor-in-chief Tareq Muhammad Ali told CPJ.
Al-Maliki e-mailed that day's local news to the editor-in-chief around 15 minutes before he was shot. Al-Maliki often relied on police sources for his job and enjoyed good relations with them, Ali told CPJ. Insurgents often target journalists seen dealing with the Iraqi police.
Talafar al-Yawm is pro-Iraqi government and democracy, Ali told CPJ, adding that in their reporting they don't refer to the U.S. forces as occupiers. As a result, the paper has received multiple threats from insurgents.
Beats Covered: Politics
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Murder
Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group
Taken Captive: No