BAGHDAD – Gunmen on Wednesday killed an Iraqi TV journalist, the second to be slain in Iraq in as many days, highlighting the dangers media workers continue to face in the country seven years after the US-led invasion.
While a number of foreign correspondents were killed in the years immediately following the invasion, Iraqi journalists are now the main target, especially photographers and TV journalists who are easier to spot, according to a Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based media watchdog.
The Tuesday release of a report by the group entitled "The Iraq War: A Heavy Death Toll for the Media" coincided with the killing of Riyad Assariyeh, an anchor at state-run Iraqiya TV.
Assariyah also served on Baghdad's Provincial Council. He was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a western Baghdad neighborhood.