Unidentified gunmen killed Qassem, a driver for the Iraqi state television channel Atyaf, and presenter Naqshin Hamma Rashid as the two were driving to work near Haifa Street in central Baghdad, according to CPJ sources.
Atyaf is the second channel of the Iraqi Media Network and broadcasts in several languages, including Kurdish and English, according to CPJ sources. Colleagues at Al-Iraqiya, the main state television channel, said the murders were part of the continued targeting of employees of the Iraqi Media Network.
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