Ahmed Shawkat

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Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Morocco, Nepal, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Somalia, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

Attacks on the Press 2003: Introduction

By Ann Cooper

In real-time images, the war in Iraq splashed across television screens worldwide in March, with thousands of journalists covering the U.S.-led war against Saddam Hussein and his regime.

The conflict and its aftermath had a far-reaching impact on the press and its ability to report the news, with the reverberations felt in some surprising places and in unsettling ways.

March 11, 2004 12:08 PM ET


Alerts   |   Iraq

36 JOURNALISTS KILLED FOR THEIR WORK IN 2003More than a third killed during conflict in Iraq

New York, January 2, 2004—A total of 36 journalists were killed worldwide as a direct result of their work in 2003, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). This is a sharp increase from 2002, when 19 journalists were killed. The war in Iraq was the primary reason for the increase, as 13 journalists, more than a third of this year's casualties, were killed in hostile actions.

In fact, according to CPJ's statistics, the death toll in Iraq was the highest annual total from a single country since 24 journalists were killed in Algeria in 1995 at the height of civil strife between the government and Islamist militants.

Alerts   |   Iraq


New York, October 28, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is alarmed by reports that editor Ahmed Shawkat was murdered today in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

According to The Associated Press (AP) and an Agence France-Presse correspondent in Mosul, Shawkat, editor of the Iraqi weekly Bilah Ittijah (Without Direction), was shot and killed by a gunman. The gunman and an accomplice had followed the journalist to his office roof this afternoon.
October 28, 2003 12:00 PM ET


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