“The work of media professionals is vital for the fundamental right of freedom of expression,” the Director-General said. “The defence of this right is all the more important in countries such as and Iraq where conflict has wrought so much damage to the social fabric of the nation. I trust the authorities will do their utmost in each of the cases to investigate the crime and bring the culprits to justice.”
Sayed Hamid Noori, a well-known former news anchor of Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA), was stabbed to death on September 5 in . Noori, 45, had become spokesman for the speaker of the Afghan parliament after leaving RTA but continued to be a committed political journalist, according to the non-governmental organization (RSF).
Also on September 5, Angolan journalist Alberto Graves Chakussanga was shot dead at his home in Luanda’s Viana district. Chakussanga had presented a weekly, Umbundu-language news call-in program on private Radio Despertar.
Prominent Iraqi television anchorman Riad al-Saray, was shot dead on 7 September in Baghdad. Mr Saray, 35, presented religious and political programmes for al-Iraqiya TV, the state broadcaster. Reporters without Borders (RSF) said Mr Saray is the 15th journalist to be killed since the end of Saddam Hussein's regime.
On September 8, Iraqi journalist Safaa al-Khayat was killed by gunmen in the northern city of . Media reports say that Safaa al-Khayat was shot dead as he was leaving his house to go to work at Al-Mosuliyah television, a privately-owned provincial station where he presented a religious programme entitled “Our Mosques”.
The Director-General has condemned the killings of 36 journalists and media workers so far this year. According to the , almost one in five of those who lost their lives was covering corruption, making that subject more dangerous than conflict.