The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
today called on all political groups in Iraq to voice their opposition to
violence against media following the murder of Safaa al-Khayat by gunmen in the
main northern city of Mosul yesterday morning. The victim, who worked as a presenter of
religious programmes on Al- Mosuliyah satellite television, was the second
journalist to be killed in as many days following the death of Ryad al-Saray
who was shot dead on Tuesday morning in
"Iraqi journalists are once again being targeted and
killed for their work," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "Politicians
from all sides must declare their intention to stamp out violence against media
and eradicate the impunity for those who target journalists."
Media reports say that Safaa al-Khayat was shot dead
as he was leaving his house to work at the Al-Mosuliyah television where he
presented religious programmes devoted to mosques and shrines.
The Iraqi Journalists' Syndicat, an IFJ affiliate,
condemned his murder and called on the authorities to bring his killers to
justice and speed up the passage of the law on the protection of journalists.
The IFJ supports the IJS demands and says the incoming
government in Iraq must redress the poor record of its predecessors in the
fight against impunity for attacks on media.
"There needs to be drastic change in the government's attitude
towards crime against Iraqi journalists," added White. "The country has had the
highest death toll of media victims during the last decade and yet none of
these crimes has been solved."
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The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 125 countries worldwide