New York, March 5, 2007—
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the brutal murder of an Iraqi editor by unmasked gunmen in Baghdad on Sunday. The body of another editor thought missing was identified by his family in a Baghdad morgue on Wednesday.
Around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, several gunmen in two vehicles attempted to abduct Mohan Hussein al-Dhahir, 49, managing editor of the Baghdad daily Al-Mashreq
, while he waited outside his home in Baghdad’s Al-Jamia neighborhood for the paper’s car to pick him up for work, according to sources at the paper. After a struggle, the sources said, the gunmen shot al-Dhahir six times in the back and once in the head.