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Al-Rasheed TV CEO Nizar Thanoun shot and killed in Baghdad

Thursday , 13 February 2020
On Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in the morning, unidentified individuals with machine guns opened fire on Al-Rasheed TV chief executive officer Nizar Thanoun in front of his home in western Baghdad’s Al-Jamaa neighborhood, according to news reports and a report by Al-Rasheed TV.

The attackers fired from a motorcycle without license plates and then fled the scene, according to those reports. Thanoun died at the scene, according to a report by the Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq, a local press freedom group.

Iraqi security forces cordoned off the scene and have opened an investigation into the killing, according to the report by Al-Rasheed TV.

Al-Rasheed TV is a Baghdad-based broadcaster owned by Saad Assim al-Janabi, head of the Iraqi Republican Assembly Party, an opposition party that does not have any seats in parliament, according to those news reports. Thanoun was a senior member of the party, according to an obituary post on Facebook by al-Janabi.

In November 2019, the broadcaster was among eight outlets that were suspended by Iraq’s media regulator over their critical coverage of protests against alleged government mismanagement, as CPJ documented at the time. The three-month suspension was issued on November 12 and is set to expire on February 12, 2020.

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