IFJ Calls for ‘Independent and Exhaustive' Inquiry into Shooting of Journalist by US Soldiers in Iraq

The International Federation

of Journalists (IFJ) has today called for a full ‘independent and exhaustive'

inquiry into the shooting of an Iraqi woman journalist in Baghdad by American soldiers.

Hadil Emad, 25, an editor

with Biladi TV was shot and critically wounded by America soldiers as she was heading

home in the al-Karrada district of Baghdad on 1 January 2009.

She was taken to hospital and

has undergone extremely difficult surgery involving the removal of her kidney

which had been damaged, according to the Iraqi Union of Journalists.  

"The circumstances of our

colleague's shooting are suspicious," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary "and

we demand a thorough, independent and exhaustive investigation to determine

what led American soldiers to fire on an unarmed young woman."

American military

authorities in Iraq

claimed that the journalists was shot because she "acted suspiciously and

failed to respond to warnings".

But the IFJ has

challenged this account saying "there was nothing suspicious about Emad, a

journalist who was returning home from work."

The IFJ says the

American authorities should be held accountable for their action and remains concerned

about American treatment of Iraqi civilians and journalists. The Federation

remains angry that American military have kept in detention Ibrahim Jassam

Mohammed, an Iraqi journalist freelance photographer, in defiance of an Iraqi

court order for his release.

"In situations

like this too often the benefit of the doubt is placed with soldiers who

already exercise extraordinary control of life and death over civilians," said

White. "It is time for clear and full answers to be given over the actions of

the United States


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information contact the IFJ at

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The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 123 countries worldwide