2 Iraqi journalists killed

Gunmen shot and killed two Iraqi journalists, including one who was killed in his home near Fallujah along with seven family members, police and medical officials reported Wednesday.

2 Iraqi journalists killed
Gunmen shot and killed two Iraqi journalists, including one who was killed in his home near Fallujah along with seven family members, police and medical officials reported Wednesday.

Abdul-Rahman al-Essawi was killed Monday when gunmen broke into his home about 10 miles west of Fallujah.

Al-Essawi was shot to death along with his wife, son, parents and three other relatives, said Dr. Anas al-Rawi of Fallujah General Hospital where they bodies were taken.

Other family members told an Associated Press reporter in Fallujah that al-Essawi was working as a reporter the online NINA news agency and as the media representative of Anbar Salvation Council.

Journalists have been frequently targeted by violence in Iraq. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said 104 journalists and 39 media support workers have been killed and 48 journalists have been abducted since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, making it the deadliest conflict for the media in CPJ's 25-year history.

Of the 104 journalists killed, 82 were Iraqi, as were 38 of the 39 media support staff killed, according to CPJ.

The numbers include ABC cameraman Alaa Uldeen Aziz, 33, and the network's sound technician Saif Laith Yousuf, 26, who were killed as they traveled home from the network's Baghdad bureau May 17.

The figures do not include al-Essawi or Abdul-Wahid.

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