October 5, 2013, in Mosul, Iraq
Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Ghanem, a cameraman for the independent TV channel Al-Sharqiya, and his colleague, correspondent Mohammed Karim al-Badrani, while they were filming in the Al-Sarjkhana area of Mosul in Nineveh province, the station said. Both journalists were killed by shots to the head and chest, the reportssaid.
Reports said that the journalists were filming a report on a market in the Al-Sarjkhana area in the run-up to the holiday of Eid al-Adha.
It was unclear why the journalists were targeted. An unidentified Al-Sharqiya journalist told Agence France-Presse that recent reports by the station on security operations in Mosul had angered anti-government militants. The journalist said the station had received death threats by the militants.
But Al-Sharqiya, which is popular among Iraq's Sunni minority, is also known for its critical editorial stance against the Shia-led government under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. In April, the government suspended Al-Sharqiya's license, along with those of nine other channels, after accusing the stations of adopting a "sectarian tone" in the aftermath of a security raid against Sunni-led demonstrations that killed dozens.
The channel's news director, Ali Wajih, told The Associated Press: "This is not new for Al-Sharqiya. This is usual for Iraq, that they kill journalists."
Job: Camera Operator
Beats Covered: Culture
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Murder
Suspected Source of Fire: Unknown Fire
Taken Captive: No
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