Sahar al-Haideri, Iraq

A dedicated reporter who knew her life was in danger, Sahar al-Haideri was the third female journalist killed in Iraq in a single deadly week in early June 2007. The mother of four held a BA degree in Media, participated in numerous journalism training courses and workshops provided by international organisations in Iraq and actively worked for a number of news agencies. These include the National Iraq News Agency (NINA), the Voices of Iraq (VOI) and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). For about a year before her death, Haideri's published articles in IWPR were printed under a pseudonym, and she had moved her husband and four children to Syria to escape persecution. She was shot and killed on June 7, 2007 by four unidentified gunmen, during a visit to Mosul. In her last interview, Sahar told the US Press Gazette, "Our psychological state is unbalanced because we live and think in fear and worry and always think about our destiny and that of our family members, relatives and friends, but I have never thought about quitting, as journalism is my life and I really love it." The IWPR, who nominated Sahar Al-Haideri for this award, has established a fund in honour of Sahar al-Haideri to help support and train exiled and disabled journalists, as well as the families of murdered journalists around the world.
International Press Freedom Award
2007

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