Journalists Killed in 2007 - Motive Confirmed: Sarmad Hamdi Shaker
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2008|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2007 - Motive Confirmed: Sarmad Hamdi Shaker, January 2008, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64963e23.html [accessed 24 October 2017]|
|Disclaimer||This is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.|
June 27, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq
Shaker, 43, a correspondent for the satellite channel Baghdad TV, left his home in Baghdad's Al-Jamia neighborhood for work on the morning of June 27. He was waiting on the street for a friend to pick him up, a source at the station told CPJ, when a car carrying several gunmen came alongside and two armed occupants asked him to get in for questioning, the source said. His body was found on the street in the same neighborhood that afternoon, according to the source.
Shaker's wife and three children fled the neighborhood and moved north of Baghdad.
The source said the gunmen were suspected members of al-Qaeda in Iraq, and that Shaker was killed because he worked for Baghdad TV, a moderate Sunni channel that has been repeatedly targeted by both Sunni and Shiite extremist groups, according to staff.
Shaker worked at Baghdad TV for two years, the source told CPJ. The channel, owned by the Iraqi Islamic Party, a large Sunni political group, had lost at least seven other employees since June 2005.
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|