Iraqi Journalists Syndicate chief dies from wounds
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||27 February 2008|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Iraqi Journalists Syndicate chief dies from wounds, 27 February 2008, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47d15363c.html [accessed 18 December 2014]|
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New York, February 27, 2008 – The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the loss of Shihab al-Tamimi, head of the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, who died today from injuries he sustained from a targeted shooting in Baghdad on Saturday.
Jabbar Tarrad al-Shimmari, deputy head of the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, told CPJ that al-Tamimi, 74, died from a stroke at 4 p.m. after his condition rapidly deteriorated around noon. Al-Shimmari talked to family members who were with him at the hospital.
"We offer our deepest condolences to Shihab al-Tamimi's family and colleagues," CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said. "His death serves as a stark reminder of the dangers journalists face daily in Iraq as the press continues to be targeted by various groups."
Unidentified gunmen in a white Opel intercepted and opened fire on a car carrying al-Tamimi, his son and driver, Rabie, and an unidentified colleague riding in the backseat. The three were on their way from the syndicate's headquarters to a meeting in Baghdad's Al-Waziriya neighborhood, the journalist's nephew, Arfan Jalil Karim, told CPJ on Monday.
Al-Tamimi and his son, Rabie, were both shot several times and hospitalized, Karim told CPJ. Rabie al-Tamimi is recovering from his wounds. The third occupant was not injured, he said.
Al-Tamimi had received threats before. Al-Shimmari said that al-Tamimi received a threat in 2005 during which the caller told him he would be killed the following day. The journalist went into hiding for a month after that. About six months ago, al-Tamimi received calls both on his cell phone and land line threatening his life, according to Karim.
Al-Tamimi, who headed the syndicate since 2003, had been a critic of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and its continued presence there, according to Reuters. He is survived by his wife and three children.
At least 127 journalists, including al-Tamimi, and 50 media support staffers have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, making it the deadliest conflict for the press in CPJ's 26-year history. About 90 percent of media deaths have been Iraqis.