Amjad Hameed

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Alerts   |   Iraq

Local journalists increasingly targeted, CPJ finds In Iraq, murder top cause of journalist deaths

New York, March 17, 2006—Murder has overtaken crossfire and other acts of war as the leading cause of work-related deaths among journalists and media support workers in Iraq, and local journalists are far and away the most vulnerable to attack, a new analysis by the Committee to Protect Journalists has found. CPJ research, compiled for the third anniversary of the conflict, shows that 67 journalists and 24 media support workers have been killed since the war began on March 20, 2003, making it the deadliest conflict for the press in recent history.

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Iraqi editor gunned down in Baghdad

New York, March 14, 2006—Muhsin Khudhair, editor of the news magazine Alef Ba, was killed by unidentified gunmen near his home in Baghdad Monday night, becoming the third journalist killed in Iraq in the last week, Reuters and Agence France-Presse reported. The shooting took place just hours after Khudair attended a meeting of the Iraqi Journalists Union, which discussed the targeting of local journalists in Iraq, Reuters said.
March 14, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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Insurgents kill head of Iraq state television

New York, March 13, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of Amjad Hameed, head of programming for Iraq's state television channel Al-Iraqiya. Gunmen apparently affiliated to Al-Qaeda killed Hameed and his driver Anwar Turki in an ambush in Baghdad Saturday. Hameed, 45, had run the station since July.

“We deplore the senseless murder of Amjad Hameed and Anwar Turki and offer our condolences to their families,” CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper said. “As the third anniversary of the Iraq war approaches, this is yet another reminder of why Iraq remains the most dangerous place for journalists.”
March 13, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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Anwar Turki


Turki was driving Amjad Hameed, the head of Iraq's state television channel , when their car was ambushed in central Baghdad by gunmen apparently affiliated to Al-Qaeda. Hameed was hit in the head and chest and died instantly. Turki died later in the hospital.

Al-Iraqiya, which receives funding from the U.S. government, has frequently been the target of insurgent attacks. CPJ has documented the killing of at least six journalists and five media workers from the station and its affiliates since 2004.

March 11, 2006 1:08 PM ET

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Amjad Hameed


Hameed and his driver Anwar Turki were shot and killed by gunmen apparently affiliated with al-Qaeda in an ambush in central Baghdad. Hameed had been head of programming for Iraq's state television channel Al-Iraqiya since July 2005.

Hameed, 45, the father of three children, had just left home for work when he was shot several times in the head and chest. Al-Iraqiya, which receives funding from the U.S. government, suspended regular programming and aired verses from the Quran after the widely condemned attack.

Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq claimed responsibility for the attack in Internet postings, but those claims could not be independently verified. "Your brothers in the military wing of the Mujahedeen Council assassinated on Saturday Amjad Hameed, the editor of Iraqiya ... which always broadcasts lies about jihad to satisfy crusader masters," said a statement posted on a Web site often used by militant groups and attributed to the group, Reuters reported. According to the statement, the station was "the mouthpiece of the apostate government."

About two dozen employees of the state-run Iraq Media Network, which includes Al-Iraqiya, had been killed in the war, most by insurgents. Al-Iraqiya offices had repeatedly come under mortar attack.

March 11, 2006 12:00 AM ET

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