Maha Ibrahim

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Alerts   |   Iraq

CPJ alarmed by journalist deaths, detentions at hands of U.S., Iraqi forces

New York, June 29, 2005—
The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm at reports that three Iraqi journalists were killed this week by U.S. forces' fire in Iraq. CPJ is investigating the circumstances, and it called on U.S. military authorities to provide further information about each case.

Ahmed Wael Bakri, a director and news producer for the local television station, Al-Sharqiyah, was killed by gunfire as he approached U.S. troops yesterday, according to Ali Hanoon, a station director. Hanoon said Bakri was driving from work to his in-laws' home in southern Baghdad at the time. U.S. soldiers fired at his car 15 times, and Bakri died later at Yarmouk Hospital, he said. The Associated Press, citing another colleague and a doctor who treated the journalist, reported that Bakri had failed to pull over for a U.S. convoy while trying to pass a traffic accident.

June 29, 2005 12:00 PM ET


Case   |   Iraq


JUNE 25, 2005
Posted: July 25, 2005

Maha Ibrahim, Baghdad TV


Ibrahim, a news producer for the Iraqi television station Baghdad TV, was shot and killed by U.S. forces fire in Baghdad as she drove to work with her husband, who is also an employee of the station, Iraqi journalists and colleagues at Baghdad TV told CPJ. Staff at the Baghdad TV station said Ibrahim's car was hit by what they described as random fire from U.S. troops who were attempting to disperse people from a road, while traveling on the road. They said Ibrahim was wounded in the abdomen and that she died on arrival at a local hospital.
June 25, 2005 12:00 PM ET


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