The Committee to Protect Journalists will be releasing their annual report later today 64 journalists have died in the line of duty in the past year. Most depressingly, 31 of the 64 deaths took place in Iraq as the result of direct, planned attacks on the journalists.
We’d take time to read through the painstakingly assembled biographies of the dead that the CPJ has assembled, like the murder of television news producer Hamid al-Dulemi by forces related to the Mahdi Army:
Gunmen abducted al-Duleimi, a producer for the privately owned Nahrain satellite channel, as he left work in Baghdad’s Al-Aamel neighborhood, a source at Nahrain told CPJ. He had driven only about 650 feet (200 meters) from the station when he was seized. Late that night, eyewitnesses saw his body being thrown on a pile of garbage in a neighborhood alley, according to the station source. Family and colleagues identified al-Duleimi two days later at a Baghdad hospital morgue. The source said al-Duleimi had several gunshot wounds to the head, and his body showed signs of torture, including multiple burns and broken hands, legs, and neck. Al-Duleimi, born in 1977, was survived by his then-pregnant wife and three children, another source at the station said. Al-Aamel neighborhood was controlled by the Mahdi Army, led by radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a local journalist told CPJ.
A sobering read. Recommended.