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5 Journalists Killed In Iraq So Far This Month

Iraq continues to be a dangerous place for reporters.

So far this month, according to BBC News, five Iraqi journalists and media assistants have been murdered. And it's only May 11.

Reporters Without Borders is now trying to get Prime Minister Nouri Maliki to set up a special investigation "to shed light on the murders of journalists in Iraq," according to a statement from the group.

Here are the details of this month's killings:

The body of a freelance journalist, Abdel Magid al-Mohammedaoui, was found in Baghdad on 5 May.

On the same day, Saud Mazahem al-Hadithi, a reporter on the satellite TV station al-Baghdadia was found dead days after he had been kidnapped. His family said his body showed the marks of torture.

A car bomb on 7 May at a Baghdad newspaper, al-Sabah, killed a print shop technician and wounded more than 20 others.

The next day, the bodies of a reporter, Muazaz Ahmad Barud and his soundman Leith al-Dulaimi, both working for the TV station al-Nahrain, were found 40km (25 miles) south-east of Baghdad.

According to Reporters Without Borders, 93 journalists and media assistants have been killed since the start of the Iraq war. 18 of those murders have been this year.
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