Hassan, an Iraqi reporter for the local Arabic-language television
station Al-Hurriya TV, was killed in a drive-by shooting in front
of her Baghdad residence in the city’s Adhamiya District. Hassan had
been waiting for a company car to transport her to work, station staff
Hassan’s colleagues told The New York Times that the journalist
had received three letters warning her to stop working for Al-Hurriya.
A colleague who was with Hassan during the shooting told The Times
that a blue Oldsmobile with three men pulled in front of them,
then a man opened fire at Hassan with a Kalashnikov rifle. He shouted,
“Collaborator! Collaborator!” the newspaper reported.
Al-Hurriya Director Nawrooz Mohamed Fatah told CPJ that militant groups
might perceive the station as sympathetic to the United States since
its financial backer–the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan–has friendly