Journalists Killed in 2008 - Motive Confirmed: Shihab al-Tamimi
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2009|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2008 - Motive Confirmed: Shihab al-Tamimi, January 2009, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e649669c.html [accessed 14 October 2015]|
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Iraqi Journalists Syndicate
February 27, 2008, in Baghdad, Iraq
Al-Tamimi, head of the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, died of complications from injuries suffered in a targeted shooting in Baghdad on February 23. Jabbar Tarrad al-Shimmari, deputy head of the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, told CPJ that al-Tamimi, 74, died from a stroke four days after the attack.
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. The son was shot several times and hospitalized, Karim told CPJ. The third occupant was not injured, he said.
Al-Tamimi had received prior threats. 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.
|Medium:||Print, Radio, Television|
|Beats Covered:||Politics, War|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|