New York, March 10, 2009--The Committee to Protect
Journalists mourns the deaths today of Al-Baghdadia TV correspondent Haidar Hashim Suhail and the channel's
cameraman Suhaib Adnan, who were among more than 30 people who were killed when
a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt detonated himself in the town of Abu
Ghraib, south of Baghdad.
Additionally, Ibrahim al-Katib, correspondent with the
state-run Al-Iraqiya TV, was seriously injured in the head, suffered internal
bleeding, and underwent surgery at al-Yarmuk hospital in Baghdad, where he remains in critical
condition, his colleagues told CPJ.
"We express our condolences to the families and colleagues
of Haidar Hashim Suhail and Suhaib Adnan," said Mohamed
Abdel Dayem, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa
is a reminder of the dangers that Iraqi journalists face on a daily basis as
they do their work. Our thoughts are with Ibrahim al-Katib, who remains in a
Cameraman Raid Qassim, assistant cameraman Uday Munzir, and
driver Fawzi Aidan, all working with Al-Iraqiya also suffered minor injuries in
the attack. All of them were discharged from the hospital today, Qassim told
The correspondents and cameramen were accompanying Brigadier General Mard Abdul Hassan, head of the Tribal Affairs division at the Ministry of
Interior, to a tribal reconciliation gathering in the town of Abu Ghraib in Anbar province. They were
interviewing residents when the suicide bomber, wearing a military uniform,
detonated himself, Qassim told CPJ.
Suhail, 30, and Adnan, 25, both working with the Cairo-based
Al-Baghdadia satellite channel, died at the scene, Qassim told
136 other journalists have been killed in Iraq
in relation to their work since the U.S. invasion of March 2003. Anbar
province, once the stronghold of al-Qaeda affiliated militant groups, is
considered among the most dangerous spots for the press; CPJ research
shows that at least eight other journalists have died there since 2003.