Journalist Death Toll in Iraq War Matches 1991 Gulf War Total

Thursday, April 17, 2003
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) notes with dismay that the war in Iraq, not yet three weeks old, has already claimed the same number of journalists as the 1991 Gulf War, which lasted six weeks. "Four colleagues have been killed in fighting so far and three others lost their lives outside combat," CJFE Executive Director Joel Ruimy said. "That compares with the four colleagues lost during all of the six-week Gulf War in 1991. The best thing we can do now for journalists covering the war is stay vigilant and continue to speak out in their defence." The latest casualty came yesterday, when BBC translator Kamaran Abdurazaq Muhamed was killed in northern Iraq after a U.S. warplane attacked a convoy of Kurdish soldiers traveling near the city of Mosul. The three others who have died in combat so far are: # Correspondent Terry Lloyd of Britain's ITN, killed March 22 by Coalition gunfire near the southern Iraq city of Basra; # Paul Moran, a freelance cameraman working for the Australian Broadcasting Corp., killed in a March 23 suicide-bomb attack in northeastern Iraq; # Kaveh Golestan, an Iranian freelance cameraman on assignment for the BBC, killed April 2 after stepping on a land mine in northern Iraq. Journalists covering the war who died of other causes are: # Gaby Rado of Britain's Channel 4 News on March 30; his employer said "it appears he fell off the roof of his hotel with no apparent connection to any conflict activity" in Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq; # Michael Kelly, editor-at-large of the Atlantic Monthly and a columnist with the Washington Post, killed April 4 in an road accident involving the military vehicle he was traveling in; # NBC correspondent David Bloom died April 6 of a pulmonary embolism while traveling with U.S. troops. Two more colleagues are missing: Fred Nerac, a cameraman with Britain's ITN, and translator Hussein Othman, both part of Terry Lloyd's crew, disappeared in the same incident that claimed Lloyd's life March 22. CJFE is an association of more than 400 journalists, editors, publishers, producers, students and others committed to preserving press freedom and freedom of expression in Canada and around the world. For more information, contact Joel Ruimy at (416) 515-9622 e-mail: cjfe@cjfe.org

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