Nawras al-Nuaimi

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Al-Nuaimi,
a presenter for the Iraqi TV channel Al-Mosuliya, was shot dead by unknown
gunmen near her home, the station said. Al-Nuaimi, 20, covered women and youth
issues for the station and was attending Mosul University as a student in the
media department.

Omar
Ghazi, deputy administrative manager for Al-Mosuliya, told CPJ that the assailants
attacked al-Nuaimi as she arrived at her home after returning from school. Her
mother saw two young gunmen on motorbike flee the scene, Ghazi said.

Ghazi
said there was no doubt that al-Nuaimi was killed because she worked at Al-Mosuliya.
He told CPJ that several journalists had decided to quit the station because
they felt they were in danger after Bashar al-Nuaimi, their colleague, was
murdered. They also felt that they lacked serious protection from the
government.

Bashar al-Nuaimi, the station’s cameraman, was shot dead by unknown
gunmen outside of his home in October. Murad Ghazi, the deputy manager of
Al-Mosuliya, told CPJ at the time that the channel had been targeted by a smear
campaign that accused it of serving U.S. interests.

Militant
groups like the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State in Iraq and Sham have
historically targeted
journalists in Mosul whom it considers collaborators
with the U.S.-backed Iraqi government, according to CPJ research.

With
the resurgence of militant groups across the country, there has been a spike
in general violence in the country as well as a rash of journalist killings in
Mosul.

According
to the Iraqi Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, Iraqi security forces recently
discovered a purported assassination list of 44 journalists during a raid on a
building in Mosul that housed militants. It is not clear if any of the most
recent killings were related to this list, but several journalists in Mosul say
anti-government militants are targeting journalists considered supportive of
the government.