Dhia Najim

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New York, January 25, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the United States military today to investigate the killing of an Iraqi television correspondent during clashes between U.S. forces and Sunni rebels in Ramadi. Mahmoud Za'al, 35, a correspondent for the Iraqi television station Baghdad TV was shot in the insurgent stronghold, 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Baghdad on Tuesday.

Reuters quoted witnesses as saying Za'al was covering an insurgent attack on two U.S.-held buildings when he was wounded in the legs and then killed moments later in a U.S. air strike. The U.S. military denied it had launched an air strike in Ramadi on Tuesday and declined comment on the clashes or Za'al's death, the agency reported.
Za'al, 35, a correspondent for Baghdad TV, was shot during clashes between U.S. forces and Sunni rebels in Ramadi, an insurgent stronghold 70 miles (110 kilometers) west of Baghdad.

Reuters quoted witnesses as saying Za'al was covering an insurgent attack on two U.S.-held buildings when he was wounded in the legs and then killed moments later in a U.S. air strike. The U.S. military denied it had launched an air strike in Ramadi that day and declined comment on the clashes or Za'al's death, the agency reported.

Staff at Baghdad TV told CPJ that U.S. soldiers briefly questioned Za'al 15 minutes before he was shot.

Staff said several of the station's correspondents had been detained by U.S. troops in the preceding few months. Baghdad TV is owned by the Iraqi Islamic Party, the biggest Sunni political group. Za'al had worked for the station for one year.

In another case involving combat reporting in Ramadi, Dhia Najim, a freelance cameraman working for Reuters, was shot in the head by a U.S. sniper on November 1, 2004, according to his colleagues.
13 Confirmed cases of journalists killed in Iraq by U.S. Forces (March 2003-August 2005)
Dear Secretary Rumsfeld:

The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the death of Iraqi freelance cameraman Dhia Najim, who was killed on Monday, November 1, while covering a gun battle between the U.S. military and Iraqi insurgents in the western city of Ramadi.

Najim, who worked as a freelancer for a number of news organizations, was on assignment for Reuters news agency at the time. He was shot in the back of the neck while working near his home in the Andalus district of Ramadi, 70 miles (112 kilometers) west of the capital, Baghdad, Reuters news agency said.
New York, November 1, 2004—An Iraqi freelance cameraman was killed today in the western city of Ramadi, Reuters news agency has reported.

Dhia Najim was shot in the head on Monday while covering fighting in his hometown of Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, Reuters said. The exact circumstances of his death are unknown, and CPJ is currently seeking more information.

Najim worked as a freelancer for Reuters and The Associated Press, among others.

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