Anis Qassem

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New York, October 30, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Sunday’s murder in central Baghdad of a presenter and a driver for the Iraqi state television channel Atyaf. Unidentified gunmen killed Naqshin Hamma Rashid, 30, and her driver Anis Qassem as the two were driving to work near Haifa Street in the morning, according to CPJ sources. Rashid, a Kurd who was also known by colleagues as Sherin Rashid, presented Kurdish-language news on Atyaf.

Unidentified gunmen killed Rashid, 30, a presenter for the Iraqi state television channel Atyaf, and her driver, Anis Qassem, as the two were driving to work near Haifa Street in central Baghdad, according to CPJ sources.

Rashid, a Kurd also known by colleagues as Sherin Rashid, presented Kurdish-language news on Atyaf. Atyaf is part of the Iraqi Media Network and broadcasts in several languages, including Kurdish and English, according to CPJ sources. Colleagues at Al-Iraqiya, the main state television channel, said the murders were part of continued targeting of employees of the Iraqi Media Network.

About two dozen employees of the state-run Iraq Media Network, which includes Atyaf, were killed in the war, most by insurgents.

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