Monday, November 25, 2013

JFO notes threats against Iraqi journalists

Violence continues in Iraq today.  National Iraqi News Agency reports a Baghdad sticky bombing left one person dead and another injured, a Tikrit roadside bombing injured a married couple, 1 Ministry of Justice employee was shot dead in Baghdad, a Baquba sticky bombing left one person injured, and a Baghdad car bombing has claimed 3 lives and left fifteen more people injured.

Dropping back to last night for the assassination of journalist Alaa Idwar:

Alaa Idwar apparently did not work for a local station.
All Iraq News quotes a source stating, "The victim used to work as a cameraman in Nineveh al-Ghad channel and he quit his job after receiving threats of killing him in case he remained working in the channel."
They also report another detail, he was an Iraqi Christian.
That makes him a member of two targeted groups in Iraq: Journalists and Christians.

Iraq's Journalistic Freedoms Observatory has issued a release on Alaa Idwar (pictured below).

alaa idwar

The JFO notes that they hold military and security forces responsible for not providing security -- not providing security as journalists have faced increasing threats and violence in Mosul for the last two months.  They note that armed forces -- who do not provide their identities -- have also prevented journalists from doing their jobs, interfering with the reporters efforts to report what is taking place.

They call for the federal government to conduct an investigation and to do so quickly.

They note that Alaa Idhar's death follows the murder of five other journalists in Mosul.  He was shot three times -- once in the head, once in the stomach and once in the chest.  He wasn't far from his home when the attack took place.

Alaa was 41-years-old and had begun his TV journalism career in 1999.  In later years, he added photography and frequently free lanced including for Al Jazeera.

The JFO notes that security forces found a "liquidation list" containing forty-four names, all of them journalists.

So threats increased over two months and security forces even found a list with the names of 44 journalists on it, targeted for death?  What does Nouri al-Maliki do?

He doesn't bring the country together.

He doesn't restore public services.

What does he do to earn that salary?

It doesn't appear he does anything at all.

Salam Faraj (AFP) reports on the violence and notes:

The government and security forces have insisted that raids and operations across much of western and northern Iraq, areas dominated by the country's Sunni minority, are having an impact.
But diplomats, analysts and human rights groups say the government is not doing enough to address the root causes of the unrest, particularly disquiet among minority Sunnis over alleged mistreatment at the hands of the Shiite-led authorities.

Bonnie notes that Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Oprah shares with the BBC" went up earlier this morning.

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