Iraqi journalists' "heinous" killing prompts call for justice

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UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova condemned the killing of two Iraqi journalists in separate incidents in the north of Iraq. Photo: UN

The reported killing of two Iraqi journalists by extremists has been condemned by the head of UNESCO, the UN's cultural agency.

Newspaper editor Suahaa Ahmed Radhi and cameraman Jalaa Al-Abadi were targeted in separate incidents involving militants, UNESCO said Thursday.

In a statement, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova called for the killers to be brought to justice for what she called the "heinous" crimes.

Daniel Johnson has more.

According to the UN agency both journalists were killed in separate incidents in northern Iraq earlier this month.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expressed deep concern about the reported killings, saying that it "has become very difficult for the public to know what is happening in parts of Iraq" because of violent extremists.

One of the victims was Suahaa Ahmed Radhi, who worked as an editor for a newspaper near Mosul in the north of the country.

Citing the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate as its source, UNESCO said in a statement that she was kidnapped from her home by militants and later killed.

Militants also reportedly stormed the house of Jalaa Al-Abadi, a local TV station cameraman, before taking him to a forest on the outskirts of Mosul and shooting him, according to the UN agency.

The latest episode comes on top of four journalists already killed so far in 2015 in Iraq, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva.

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