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Body of Missing Iraqi Journalist Found
Shihab Muhammad al-Haiti Disappeared in Baghdad Saturday
10/30/2007 1:39 PM ET
Baghdad, Oct 30, (VOI) – An Iraqi journalist working for the weekly Baghdad al-Yawm newspaper who was reportedly kidnapped last Saturday was found dead in northern Baghdad, a statement by the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) said.

"Last Saturday Iraqi security forces found the body of Shihab Muhammad al-Haiti, a journalist, in northern Baghdad," read the statement that was published on the observatory's official website.

Quoting a journalist colleague of al-Haiti, the statement said that the murdered journalist worked as a news editor and correspondent. He disappeared on Saturday morning on his way back home in western Baghdad. His body was found a few hours later in northern Baghdad."

"Al-Haiti is 27 years old. He worked for al-Zaman and al-Rafideen (The two rivers, in reference to the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers) newspapers before the collapse of the former Iraqi regime," the statement stated.

In another statement, the New York-based International Committee for the Protection of Journalists condemned the incident and offered its deep condolences to the journalist's family and colleagues.

Established in 2003 after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the JFO, a non-governmental Iraqi organization that monitors violations and aggression against media staff in Iraq, revealed that 218 media workers, including 112 journalists, have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Last week, Jumana al-Obeidi, an Iraqi journalist working for the Brussels-based Radio Free Iraq, was kidnapped in Baghdad's northern neighborhood of al-Bonouk in an incident that left her driver dead. Al-Obeidi's destiny remains unknown.


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