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Journalists Killed in 2013 - Motive Confirmed: Wadih Sa'ad al-Hamdani

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 1 March 2014
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2013 - Motive Confirmed: Wadih Sa'ad al-Hamdani, 1 March 2014, available at: [accessed 19 February 2018]
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Baghdad TV
November 27, 2013, in Basra, Iraq

Wadih al-Hamdani, a longtime correspondent for Baghdad TV, was covering the funeral of an assassinated tribal leader in the southern city of Basra when a mourner fired a gun into the air and a bullet hit al-Hamdani, the station reported.

The funeral of Sheikh Adnan Majeed al-Ghanem received significant news coverage. The Associated Press reported that the bodies of the sheikh and another Sunni, Sheikh Kadim al-Jubouri, had been found on November 26 after being kidnapped a month before.

Shooting firearms into the air during celebration and mourning is a widespread practice across the Middle East, but it can pose deadly risks to those around the shooting.

Baghdad TV said al-Hamdani, who worked as a correspondent for the channel for more than eight years, is survived by a wife and three children.

Job:Broadcast Reporter
Beats Covered:Corruption, Crime, Culture, Politics, War
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Dangerous Assignment
Suspected Source of Fire:Local Residents
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