Journalists Killed in 2008 - Motive Confirmed: Jassim al-Batat
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2009|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2008 - Motive Confirmed: Jassim al-Batat, January 2009, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e649663c.html [accessed 12 July 2014]|
Al-Nakhil TV and Radio
April 25, 2008, in Al-Qurna, Iraq
Al-Batat, a correspondent at Al-Nakhil TV and Radio, was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen while walking in the town of Al-Qurna, north of Basra.
Four masked men shot al-Batat six times as he was walking in Al-Qurna market, station head Adnan al-Yasiri told CPJ.
Al-Yasiri said he believes that al-Batat was targeted because of his work for the station, which he said supported the government.
Al-Nakhil TV and Radio, which began broadcasting three months after the invasion in 2003, is affiliated with Iraqi Shiite leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim's Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council.
According to the station's office manager, Ali Hussein Juda, the station received an e-mail threat during May clashes in Basra between government forces and the Mehdi Army. He said the e-mailer demanded the station stop advocating for the government or it would face attack.
A friend of al-Batat told CPJ that the journalist had expressed concern for his safety because of his job at a "political TV station."
|Beats Covered:||Politics, War|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|