Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: Riad al-Saray
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2011|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: Riad al-Saray, January 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e54d6a5c.html [accessed 24 July 2014]|
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September 7, 2010, in Baghdad, Iraq
Al-Saray, 35, an anchor for state-owned Al-Iraqiya television, was killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire on his car in western Baghdad. He was gunned down about 6 a.m. while en route to Karbala in southern Iraq, according to news reports.
Al-Saray, who joined Al-Iraqiya in 2005, hosted religious-based programs that generally promoted reconciliation between Shiites and Sunnis, according to news reports and CPJ interviews.
Iraqi Vice President Adel Abd al-Mehdi called on police to solve the killing. "The murder of journalist Riyad al-Saray requires urgent investigation by the security services to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice," he said in a statement. He called the killing of journalists "shameful."
Al-Iraqiya, part of the state-run Iraqi Media Network, has had the highest death toll of any media organization in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003, CPJ research shows. Al-Saray was survived by a wife and three children.
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|