The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on the
Iraqi authorities in the city of Mosul to launch an immediate investigation
into the murder of journalist Hilal al Ahmadi who was gunned down yesterday morning
outside his home.
"We condemn the shocking murder of our colleague and call for his
killers to face justice," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "This crime
shows there is a still a long way to go to achieve safety of journalists in
The Iraqi Journalist Syndicate (IJS) says two gunmen struck early morning,
shooting dead Ahmadi, a father of four, as he was stepping out of his home on
the way to work. The 50 year old journalist
wrote for several newspapers, including the Mosul Echo, Iraqiyoun, al Hadba', al Isalah al Jadid and al Sawt al Akhar and was well known for
his critical views, says the IJS.
The IFJ backs calls by its Iraqi affiliate which asked security forces
to step up the fight against violence targeting media and arrest Ahmadi's
killers. The Federation says the murders of two journalists who were killed in
Mosul city are still unresolved.
"The lack of credible action on violence against media sends a dangerous
sign to media predators," added White. "It encourages further attacks and the
Iraqi authorities need to end this culture of impunity."
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