Denouncing Killing Iraqi Journalist And Calling Government Investigation

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Paris Francophone Institute for Freedoms condemns the killing of an Iraqi journalist and calls on the Iraqi government to open an immediate investigation and seriously prosecute the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

The Iraqi journalist Samer Ali Hussein, a cameraman working for Al-Hurra TV, was killed in unknown circumstances on the night of January 9.

The local police in Baghdad told his family that his body had been found with gunshot wounds and that his car, personal documents, telephone and all his belongings had disappeared.

The incident illustrates the severity of terrorism and threats faced by journalists in Iraq to disrupt their work.

Iraq ranks 160th on the World Press Freedom Index, according to Reporters Without Borders.

The Iraqi government should conduct an independent, impartial and thorough investigation into the killing of journalist Samer Ali Hussein to publish the results and bring those responsible to justice in accordance with international standards.

The repeated killings, arbitrary arrests and threats to journalists in Iraq reflect harsh tactics in an attempt to silence criticism, despite the official account that the authorities respect the rights of citizens to freedom of expression and assembly.

The Iraqi government has a responsibility to ensure that journalists and human rights activists are able to operate without facing restrictions and any kind of threats and judicial harassment.

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