Monday, December 23, 2013

Violence, deaths and assaults on human decency

All Iraq News reports an attack on "the building of Salah-il-Din Satellite Channel and the office of the Iraqiya Satellite Channel in central Tikrit."  Ammar al-Ani (Alsumaria) reports militants stormed the station following a bombing (bombing in downtown Tikrit).  NINA notes the Ministry of the Interior killed 4 suicide bombers.  All Iraq News notes 5 suicide bombers are dead (from detonating their own bombings), 4 guards of the building are dead and nine more injured, 9 assailants were shot dead by the security forces and 13 police officers were killed.  AFP adds 5 journalists were killed: "the chief news editor, a copy editor, a producer, a presenter and the archives manager" with five more left injured.

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following:

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's attack on Salah al-Din TV station headquarters in Tikrit, Iraq, which left several journalists dead. The attack comes amid a wave of targeted killings of journalists in the past few months that has made the country among the deadliest in the world for journalists. 

"This vicious attack on a TV station plunges the Iraqi media back into the darkest days of the war which has already claimed the lives of more than 150 journalists," said CPJ's deputy director, Robert Mahoney. "Iraq has a pitiful record of prosecuting the killers of journalists. If the government fails to bring all those responsible for this latest outrage to justice, gunmen will again conclude they can kill journalists with impunity."
It is not clear how many journalists were killed in the attack. Iraqi police told Al-Jazeera that at least five staff members--the station's chief news editor, a copy editor, a producer, a presenter, and the archives manager--were killed by gunfire or explosives.  The Associated Press reported that six channel staff members were killed but did not specify their identities. The motive for the attack was also not clear. Earlier this year, the Iraqi government suspended the licenses of 10 stations, including Salah al-Din, accusing the channels of sectarian incitement for their coverage of Sunni protests in Hawija outside of Kirkuk.

And that's pretty much it because I'm not going to promote a repulsive story about a parent saying the murder of their child -- a female, of course, no one would be this stupid about the death of a man -- to "paradise."  I also question the outlet reporting this garbage.

AFP finally finds a woman they can report on -- a week after she's dead -- and it's to have the dead woman's mother tell the dead woman's killer he sent the woman to paradise and so she forgives him.

And by the way, this crap?  It's the whole point of the edition we did at Third Estate Sunday Review -- it's about the mismeasurement of women (nod to Nancy Tavris), it's about a world in which women are judged by men by male standards, it's about the never ending cycle of violence.  Again, I seriously question AFP for covering this crap.

And I'll also note -- and we did at Third yesterday -- AFP had no interest in the woman.

She was killed 8 days ago and, for AFP, she was a sentence or two.

Let her mother praise and forgive her daughter's killer and AFP suddenly filing a lengthy piece.

The press hatred of women is showing yet again -- but then they don't even try to conceal it these days.

National Iraqi News Agency reports an armed attack in Dora left 4 people dead, Baghdad shootings left 6 people dead and three more injured, an Abu Ghraib mortar attack left 5 members of the military dead, a Zaidan rocket attack left 2 members of the Iraqi military dead and a third injured, a Karbala shooting left 1 person dead and four more injured, and an armed attack on a Mosul checkpoint left 2 rebels dead.  All Iraq News adds that 4 Salah-il-Dun University students were shot dead in Tikrit.

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