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Two journalists killed in Iraq
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16:08, July 04, 2007

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Two Iraqi journalists working for a Sunni television network were kidnapped and killed separately last month, an international media watchdog reported on Wednesday.

The victims were Mohammed Hilal Karji and Sarmad Hamdi al- Hassani, both working for Baghdad TV which was owned by the Iraqi Islamic Party, headed by Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, the Reporters Without Borders said in its report posted on the internet.

Karji, was kidnapped outside his home as he was leaving to work on June 8. His body was found in the morgue next day, the watchdog said.

Sarmad Hamdi al-Hassani, 43, was kidnapped in Baghdad's western neighborhood of Jami'a on June 27. His body was also found in the morgue the next day, it added.

Baghdad TV channel in western Baghdad has been a favored target for insurgents in the past few months, in which several workers were killed or wounded.

The attacks had forced the channel to move to Sulaimaniyah province in Iraq's northern Kurdish region.

At least 191 journalists and media workers have been killed in Iraq since the start of U.S.-led war in March 2003, according to the Paris-based watchdog account.

Yet a count by the Iraqi Union of Journalists said more than 230 of its members and media workers have been killed during the period.

Source: Xinhua

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