Iraqi cameraman working for Reuters shot dead in unclear circumstances

first_img December 28, 2020 Find out more The fatal shooting of Dhia Najim, a freelance cameraman working for the news agency Reuters, brings the total number of journalists and media assistants killed since March 2003 to 46. Reporters Without Borders calls on the US defence department to carry out a thorough investigation in order to clarify the troubling circumstances in which he died. RSF_en December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Organisation Follow the news on Iraq to go further Help by sharing this information News February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News November 1, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iraqi cameraman working for Reuters shot dead in unclear circumstances IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders today called on the United States to carry out a proper investigation into the death of Dhia Najim, an Iraqi freelance cameraman working for the news agency Reuters who was shot dead in disputed circumstances yesterday in the town of Ramadi, west of Baghdad.”As Dhia Najim’s family accuses US soldiers of being responsible, we call on the US defence department to carry out a thorough and honest investigation in order to clarify the troubling circumstances in which he died,” the organisation said.At least nine journalists have been killed by US gunfire since the start of the war in Iraq in March 2003 without any serious investigation ever being conducted to establish how they died. They were Tarek Ayyoub (Al-Jazeera), Taras Protsyuk (Reuters), José Couso (Telecinco), Mazen Dana (Reuters), Ali Al-Khatib (Al-Arabiya), Ali Abdel Aziz (Al-Arabiya), Assad Kadhim (Al-Iraqiya), Hussein Saleh (Al-Iraqiya) and Mazen Al-Tomaizi (Al-Ekhbariya).Najim’s death brings the total number of journalists and media assistants killed since the start of the war to 46. Iraq today is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, who run many kinds of risks there. In addition to US military gunfire, they are the targets of organised crime and groups of armed combatants. The latter have above all targeted Iraqi journalists working for foreign news media.A US army communique said that Najim, 47, was filming clashes between US marines and Iraqi rebels in the Andulus district of Ramadi when he was shot in the neck. The US military authorities said they had looked at the footage he had taken and claimed that it showed rebels preparing to attack coalition forces.Reuters said it had seen video footage of Najim’s death. The agency, which did not identify the source of the footage, said it indicated that he was killed by a sniper shot without any signs of fighting going on at the time.A Reuters dispatch also noted that press photographs taken on 31 October showed US marine snipers taking up position in Ramadi. Reuters ruled out any possibility Najim being linked to the rebels and called for a thorough investigation by the US army. Najim’s colleagues and family believe he was killed by a US sniper. Receive email alerts News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”last_img read more