IFJ calls for journalists' safety in Iraq
23 July 2015
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate (IJS), in its demand for strengthening the safety of journalists in Iraq following the killing of photo-journalist Jala al-Abadi in Mosul, capital of Nineveh province in northern Iraq, on 15 July by the Islamic State (IS).
The father of two worked as a cameraman for Al Mosuliya TV before joining Nineveh Media Network as a photo-journalist.
Jala al-Abadi was abducted from his home on 4 June and shot dead on 15 July by IS on charges of spying on IS forces activities inside Mosul, IJS reports.
Moaid Allami, IJS president, said:
"We call on all relevant authorities to provide protection for journalists reporting on the ground. We also call on journalists and media workers to take all necessary precautions and avoid reporting from conflict areas and dangerous cities for the sake of their safety."
This is the 3rd killing of journalists in Iraq this year following the killing of Iraqi photographer Adnan Abdul Razzaq, allegedly murdered by the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, and reporter Ali Ansari, fatally hit while covering the fight between the Iraqi army and the IS in Mykdadyah, north of Baghdad.
Jim Boumelha, IFJ president, said:
"We will relentlessly stand by those who struggle for telling the truth in a country where reporting on the ground entails constant life threats.
"We extend our condolences to Jala al-Abadis family and friends and call on the Iraqi government and international authorities to provide the necessary measures to strengthen our colleagues safety in the country."
The IFJ is involved in a major safety training programme in the region. For more information on the regional programme and safety guidelines, visit the IFJ Arabic website and download the safety handbook for journalists in the Arab world and Middle East.