An Iraqi TV channel correspondent was exposed to an assassination attempt near his home in the southern province of Diwaniyah, a day after a prominent militant was killed in an armed attack in the city of Karbala, south of Baghdad.
The Iraqi Observatory for Press Freedoms (a non-governmental organization) said in a statement on Monday that the correspondent of Al-Furat TV, Ahmed Hassan, was seriously injured as a result of a gunman shot him in the Shamiya district of Diwaniyah governorate. Read also Middle East Eye: An increasing tendency in Iraq to cover up the crimes of political assassination100 days after his assassination … Failure to hold the killers of the Iraqi researcher Hisham Al-Hashemi to account ignites communication sites
The statement stated that the gunman fled to an unknown destination, wounding the reporter with a gunshot to the head, and his condition is critical.
The statement called on the Iraqi security authorities to take security measures to track down the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and to work hard to stop the crimes of targeting journalists.
The Iraqi Al-Furat TV said that its correspondent “lost consciousness and was taken to hospital for treatment.”
The incident comes a day after the assassination of the head of the Popular Movement Coordination, Ihab Al-Wazni, near his home in the Karbala Governorate, south of the country.
Against the background of the assassination, protests took place in several areas in Iraq, including Karbala, Dhi Qar and the capital, Baghdad, while Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi ordered an urgent investigation into the incident and the perpetrators being brought to justice.
On Sunday evening, hundreds of angry protesters set fire to empty tires in front of the Iranian consulate building in Karbala, in protest against the assassination of Al-Wazni, accusing the factions linked to Tehran of being behind his assassination.
The commander of the Iraqi army in Karbala, Ali Al-Hashemi, told reporters that emergency regiments imposed a security cordon around the Iranian consulate, and the situation in Karbala governorate is completely controlled, “according to the official Iraqi News Agency.
The protests began in early October 2019 and succeeded at that time in overthrowing the previous government headed by Adel Abdul Mahdi, but they stopped after the outbreak of the Corona pandemic in March 2020.
According to government figures, 565 protesters and security personnel were killed during the protests, including dozens of activists who were assassinated by unknown assailants.
The Al-Kazemi government has pledged to prosecute those involved in the killing of protesters and activists, but no accused has been brought to justice so far.