"Intolerable" escalation of violence against media in Iraq

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A man holding up a sign which says “Stop killing journalists”.

An escalation of violence against the media in Iraq has been described as "intolerable" by the head of UNESCO, the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom.

Six journalists were recently killed in two incidents in Iraq.

Five died in an attack on Salaheddin TV in Tikrit on 23 December last year.

Another journalist was killed on 31 December, while covering armed clashes in the city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, where he worked as a correspondent for the Voice of Ramadi radio.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, condemned the killings and called on the Iraqi authorities to do everything in their power to bring those responsible to justice.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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