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Media Workers Killed in 2007: Abdullah [full name unavailable]

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2008
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October 22, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq

Unidentified kidnappers killed the driver for Radio Free Iraq correspondent Jumana al-Obaidi when they seized the reporter on her way to a scheduled assignment at the Iraqi Environment Ministry. The radio service, which said the driver was hired directly by the reporter, identified the victim only as Abdullah.

Al-Obaidi worked for Radio Free Iraq, the Arabic language service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which broadcasts to Iraq from RFE/RL headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic.

The radio service said Iraqi police found the driver's body in Baghdad's Al-Shaab neighborhood shortly after the abduction. The radio service said he was in his late 20s and was survived by a wife.

RFE/RL reported that the journalist was freed on November 4. It did not reveal details about her release or the identity of her captors.

Media Support Worker: In 2003, CPJ began documenting the deaths of vital media employees such as translators, drivers, fixers, and administrative workers.

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