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Two killed for reporting on Bahrain
Sat, 09 Apr 2011 18:47:05 GMT
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Gunmen have ambushed a car in southern Baghdad, killing a journalist and a rights activist for reporting on the anti-government protests in Bahrain.

Iraqi sources say that the killing of the two journalists on Friday was committed by Saudi agents in Iraq, in retaliation for the rolling coverage of the Bahrain Revolution by Al Masar TV channel.

“Two people were killed this morning in an armed attack targeting their car,” in the town of Mahmudiya, 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source was quoted by AFP as saying.

One of the victims, Taha al-Samad, was the CEO of Al Masar television channel, and the other, Abed Farhan, was the head of the Political Prisoners' Association.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned Samad's killing, saying he was the fifth journalist killed in Iraq this year and the 10th since August.

RSF urged “Iraqi authorities to carry out a proper investigation into this killing in order to find those responsible and bring them to justice.”

"Impunity for murderers of journalists must stop,” it added.

Iraqi protesters took to the streets last week in support of the anti-regime demonstrators in Bahrain.

Additionally, the Iraqi government has denounced the crackdown on peaceful protesters and called on the United States to do more to pressure the Bahraini government to stop the use of violence.

Bahrain is home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.

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