UNESCO condemns killing of Iraqi cameraman in Baghdad

The Iraqi Army take part in the operation to retake Mosul from Daesh terrorists in Iraq on March 12, 2017 [Hemn Baban/Anadolu Agency]

Baghdad ( – The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the killing of Iraqi camera operator Samir Ali Hussein Shgara, who was found dead earlier this month near Baghdad.

“I condemn the killing of Samir Ali Hussein Shgara,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and ensure that its perpetrators are brought to justice. It is fundamental for society as a whole that journalists be able to carry out their mission of informing the public without fearing for their lives.”

Police found the body of Samir Ali Shgara, a camera operator for Al Hurra Iraq television, on 10 January near Baghdad.

Iraq has become one of the most dangerous countries for media workers since the start of the American invasion in 2003.

Estimates show that more than 455 journalists have been killed in the country between 2003 and 2017.

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