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Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Confirmed: Hadi al-Mahdi

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 20 December 2011
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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.

Job:Broadcast Reporter
Beats Covered:Corruption, Politics
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Unknown Fire
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