Ahmed Hussein Al-Maliki

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Al-Maliki, an editor for Talafar al-Yawm in charge of local affairs, was gunned down by unidentified gunmen while exiting an Internet café in Mosul's central district, the paper's editor-in-chief Tareq Muhammad Ali told CPJ.

Al-Maliki e-mailed that day's local news to the editor-in-chief around 15 minutes before he was shot. Al-Maliki often relied on police sources for his job and enjoyed good relations with them, Ali told CPJ. Insurgents often target journalists seen dealing with the Iraqi police.

Talafar al-Yawm is pro-Iraqi government and democracy, Ali told CPJ, adding that in their reporting they don't refer to the U.S. forces as occupiers. As a result, the paper has received multiple threats from insurgents.

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