Cameraman Jawad, 27, was on his way to deliver footage to Baghdad, about 50 miles away, when a bomb attached to his car exploded, killing him instantly, according to local press freedom groups and news reports. Security forces initiated an investigation but made no arrests.
Jawad had worked as a journalist for seven years. He started his career as an editor with the weekly Al-Karma before becoming a freelance cameraman. The slain journalist was "a courageous cameraman" distinguished for getting footage "where others had failed," said Mohammad al-Jamili, Baghdad bureau chief for the U.S.-government funded Al-Hurra. Jawad contributed to Al-Hurra and a number of other prominent stations, local and international, filming sensitive topics and conflict areas.