Journalists Killed in 2008 - Motive Confirmed: Alaa Abdul-Karim al-Fartoosi
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2009|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2008 - Motive Confirmed: Alaa Abdul-Karim al-Fartoosi, January 2009, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64965a19.html [accessed 26 November 2015]|
January 29, 2008, in Balad, Iraq
Alaa Abdul-Karim al-Fartoosi, a cameraman, and driver Alaa Aasi were killed by a roadside bomb as they entered the town of Balad, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Baghdad, at around 6:15 p.m., according to the director of external relations for the channel, Mihssen Mohammad Hussein.
The driver and cameraman were traveling with correspondent Fatima al-Hassani and camera assistant Haidar Kathem when the device exploded. Al-Hassani sustained broken bones in her legs and fractures to her knees, Hussein told CPJ. Kathem sustained light injuries, he said.
Hussein said the crew was filming a report to commemorate the second anniversary of the bombing of the Askariya shrine in Samarra.
Abbas al-Issawi, director-general of Al-Forat, told CPJ it was not clear whether the crew was deliberately targeted. The satellite channel, established in 2004, is backed by the powerful Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, a Shiite political party led by Abdul Aziz al-Hakim.
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Crossfire/Combat-Related|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|