Journalists Killed  |  Iraq

Ismail Taher Mohsin

The Associated Press

September 2, 2004, in Baghdad, Iraq

Mohsin, a driver working for The Associated Press in Iraq, was killed when gunmen opened fire on his car near his home in the Ghazaliyya neighborhood of Baghdad. Mohsin had been en route to Baghdad's Umm al-Qura mosque while on assignment for the AP.

It was unclear who the gunmen were or why they carried out the attack. The AP reported that nothing was stolen from Mohsin's body, but said that when the driver's relatives and colleagues waited for police at the scene of the crime "a group of armed men in a van pulled up and asked if the car's driver was dead and then drove off."

Mohsin had not received threats or warnings, according to his relatives, but neighbors had observed a suspicious car circling around Mohsin's house the night before the incident, the AP reported.

Police told the AP that two translators and two drivers who were believed to have worked for Americans had been shot dead in the same neighborhood.

In the days leading up to his death, Mohsin, had gone several times to the Umm al-Qura mosque, where a group of Muslim clerics with reputed links to insurgents, had given a press conference regarding the fate of two French journalists who were taken hostage, according to the AP.



Media Support Worker: In 2003, CPJ began documenting the deaths of vital media employees such as translators, drivers, fixers, and administrative workers.


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