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: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5333e90312.html [accessed 23 January 2017]|
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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.
|Beats Covered:||Corruption, Crime, Culture, Politics, War|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Dangerous Assignment|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Local Residents|