Sunday, May 17, 2009

Dangerous profession of journalism in the Arab World

It’s with hindsight that we can also analyze how war shapes images and content. For journalists working in Iraq during the height of the conflict, it became a profession of high risk and danger. The following entry looks back at some of the Iraqi journalists who risked their lives - some murdered - to write the stories on human rights.

Sahar Hussein al-Haideri must have understood the dangers. The threats were there, the intimidation and angry cold stares of unfamiliar faces along with it. In early 2007, she moved her husband and children from their home in Mosul to Syria. Haideri stayed behind to work on her stories for Voices of Iraq news agency and the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR). The stoning to death of a 17 year-old Yezidi girl had caught her attention. Not long after its publication at IWPR, she was shot dead in front of her house by Ansar al-Sunna insurgents. Guilty of being both an Iraqi and a journalist, her slumped body is a fate shared by many. MORE HERE

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