Their bodies were discovered at al-Wihda district, 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Baghdad. Both men, in their late 20s, were shot in the chest, al-Mehdawi told CPJ.
“We are saddened by the loss of our colleagues Laith al-Dulaimi and Muazaz Barood, who were trying to get home after a long shift at Al-Nahrain TV station,” CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper said. “Their senseless murder reflects the continuing dangers for journalists working in Iraq.”
Al-Dulaimi became a reporter for Al-Nahrain four months ago. Barood has been working at the station since it was established just over a year and a half ago.
The motive behind the murders is unclear. Al-Mehdawi told CPJ that neither the station nor the journalists had ever received threats.
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, CPJ research shows. CPJ research, compiled for the third anniversary of the conflict, shows that 69 journalists and 25 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.
For data on Iraq: http://www.cpj.org/Briefings/Iraq/Iraq_danger.html