Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Confirmed: Hadi al-Mahdi
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||20 December 2011|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Confirmed: Hadi al-Mahdi, 20 December 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f045a9c28.html [accessed 17 September 2014]|
September 8, 2011, in Baghdad, Iraq
Al-Mahdi, 45, a journalist, filmmaker, and playwright, was shot in his Baghdad home by assailants using pistols outfitted with silencers.
Al-Mahdi had hosted a thrice-weekly radio show, "To Whomever Listens," on independent Radio Demozy. The show covered social and political issues, including government corruption, bribery, and sectarianism. A Shiite, al-Mahdi had defended the rights of Sunnis.
On his Facebook page, al-Mahdi organized regular pro-democracy demonstrations and publicized threats he said he had received. Growing fearful for his safety, al-Mahdi had stepped down from the radio show about two months prior to his death, news reports said.
Al-Mahdi had spent 18 years in exile, returning to Iraq in 2008. He is survived by his wife and three children.
|Beats Covered:||Corruption, Politics|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Unknown Fire|