IFJ calls for action over the 2003 murder of Australian cameraman Paul Moran



Release: Australia

22 March 2013



International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its Australian affiliate,

the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, in remembering Australian

Broadcasting Corporation cameraman Paul Moran who was murdered by a suicide car

bomb 10 years ago today while on assignment in Northern Iraq at the start of

the 2003 invasion.



39, had been filming a story with ABC correspondent Eric Campbell on Kurdish

"peshmerga" guerrilla fighters in the village of Sayed Sadiq. He was

filming some final images of a group of fighters when a car drove up next to

the group, stopped and exploded, killing Paul instantly.



terrorist group Ansar al Islam claimed responsibility for the attack. The

group’s founder, Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, also known as Mullah Krekar ordered the

attack that killed Paul.



had lived in Norway as a refugee since 1991. In 2007 he openly taunted the

Australian Government to come and get him.



is currently in prison in Norway on four counts of intimidation under

aggravating circumstances and is due to be released in 2015. The Media Alliance

continues to campaign for the extradition of Krekar from Norway to face

possible war crimes charges under section 115 of the Criminal Code 1995

(Harming Australians).



Warren, federal secretary of the Media Alliance, says: “The murder of Paul

Moran is an important reminder of the dangers journalists confront. But

increasingly, the murder of journalists is being met with impunity as

authorities fail to pursue these dreadful attacks with proper investigation and

due judicial process to bring the perpetrators to justice. The most important

signal any government can send about press freedom is that it will pursue with

vigour and proper resources not just the people who pull the trigger but also

those who ordered the killing. To fail to do so means that the killers are

literally getting away with murder.



Media Alliance will continue to call on the Australian Federal Police to take

every step to bring Mullah Krekar to justice in Australia for his part in

ordering the attack that led to the death of our colleague,” Warren said.



IFJ joins its affiliate, the Media Alliance, in calling for action to ensure

Paul Moran’s killers are brought to justice.



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