IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa News News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News Organisation December 16, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to establish effective measures to protect journalists. Events of the past few days have shown that the security forces lack resources and sometimes the will to react quickly to armed attacks on the media. February 15, 2021 Find out more News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan to go further May 7, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police passivity condemned after two armed attacks in one day on radio station December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about two armed attacks on privately-owned Radio Dijla in Baghdad on 3 May that left one person dead and two wounded. The organisation also condemned the death of Russian freelance photographer Dmitry Chebotayev yesterday in a bombing targeted at the US military unit with which he was embedded. He was on assignment for the Russian edition of Newsweek magazine.“The two attacks on Radio Dijla, one after the other, were like military raids,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This independent station was assaulted by an organised military force equipped with heavy artillery. The attack took place in central Baghdad without any intervention from police units patrolling nearby. The Iraqi authorities must shoulder some of the blame for this latest episode in the cycle of violence against journalists and the media.”The press freedom organisation added: “Chebotayev’s death highlights the risks that foreign journalists continue to take in order to cover Iraq, whether or not they are embedded with any military force. We offer our condolences to his family and to Newsweek’s management.”About 10 gunmen launched the first of the two attacks on Radio Dijla in the west Baghdad neighbourhood of Al Jami’a at around 9 am. The employees were able to hold them off using firearms previously provided by the management as security precaution. At the same time, four employees eluded a kidnap attempt by fleeing into the stations’s premises.The station appealed to the police and military authorities for help, but no help was sent during the attack, which lasted half an hour. The gunmen shot security guard Adel Al-Badri dead and wounded two other employees. The second attack took place several hours later, after all the employees had abandoned the building, and was presumably carried out by the same group. They set explosive charges in the building’s first floor and started a fire, destroying the station’s transmitter and causing a lot of other damage. Radio Dijla nonetheless hoped to resume broadcasting within 72 hours.Chebotayev was fatally injured by a roadside bomb in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, which killed six members of the US Task Force “Lightning” unit with which he was embedded. He was the first foreign journalist to be killed in Iraq since the start of the year.