Media Workers Killed in 2007: Imad Abdul-Razzaq al-Obaid
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2008|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Media Workers Killed in 2007: Imad Abdul-Razzaq al-Obaid, January 2008, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64964823.html [accessed 24 May 2015]|
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May 7, 2007, in an area outside Kirkuk, Iraq
Gunmen riding in an Opel without a license plate intercepted a vehicle carrying Raad Mutashar, 43, owner and director of a media company, and driver al-Obaid on a road southwest of Kirkuk at around 2 p.m., a company source told CPJ. The source said the gunmen killed Mutashar and al-Obaid, along with passengers Nibras Abdul-Razzaq al-Obaid and Aqil Abdul-Qadir.
Mutashar's company, Al-Raad, published a weekly newspaper, Al-Iraq Ghadan, and a related institute operated a news agency and a media educational center. A CPJ source said Mutashar was a prominent writer, poet, and journalist who started the company four years earlier. Imad Abdul-Razzaq al-Obaid and Nibras Abdul-Razzaq al-Obaid were Mutashar's brothers-in-law.
Media Support Worker: In 2003, CPJ began documenting the deaths of vital media employees such as translators, drivers, fixers, and administrative workers.