Mahmoud Hassib al-Qassab

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Al-Qassab, editor-in-chief of the defunct bilingual weekly Al-Hawadith, was gunned down near his home in the center of Kirkuk, local journalists told CPJ. Al-Qassab, who also headed the Turkmen Salvation Movement, was returning from his political party's office when he was shot.

CPJ sources said they believed his murder was related to his political work rather than his journalism.

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