ISIS executes Iraqi journalist in Mosul

Photojournalist (representational photo)

Baghdad ( Islamic State militants executed an Iraqi journalist in central Mosul on Saturday, a press freedoms organization said Monday.

ISIS executed Hashem Fares, a photojournalist for al-Haqiqa, a local newspaper, and a former reporter for al-Diyar, a local TV, said the Iraqi Observatory for Press Freedoms , an Iraqi Journalists Syndicate body.

The reason for the execution is still unknown, the organization said, but ISIS has had a bloody history of executions of journalists, foreign workers and civilians since it took over several regions in Iraq in 2014, and most of the time accused the victims of either treason or collaboration with security.

Iraq is ranked among the world’s most dangerous work environments for journalists, with 420 workers in the profession killed since the ouster of late Saddam Hussein in 2003, according to data from the observatory and the syndicate.

Reporters Without Borders had counted 110 journalists deaths in 2015, with Iraq and Syria accounting for the biggest number of victims.


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