February 19, 2005 by

Abdul Hussein al-Basri

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Categories: Media, Writers/Editors

Abdul Hussein Khazal al-Basri, an Iraqi journalist working for the U.S.-funded television station Al-Hurra, was murdered on Feb. 9. He was 40.
Al-Basri and his 3-year-old son, Mohammed, were leaving their Basra home when three gunmen opened fire on them. The boy was also killed.
Launched in February 2004, Al-Hurra (“The Free Ones”) tailors its programming to Arab audiences and competes with Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya. Al-Hurra has been denounced by several Muslim clerics as a source of American propaganda.
Prior to joining Al-Hurra, al-Basri worked as a correspondent for Iraq’s Radio Sawa. He edited a local newspaper in Basra and was a member of the political office of the Islamic Dawa Party, an influential Shiite movement. Al-Basri was also head of the Basra City Council press office.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 36 other journalists have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion began in 2003. Another 18 media workers — drivers, translators and security guards working for members of the news media — have also been killed.

One Response to Abdul Hussein al-Basri

  1. sybelia

    Thank you for posting this. So many journalists have been murdered so that we don’t know what is going on. The ariel bombing by US forces are rarely mentioned in the media but that is why 650,000 Iraqis are dead.
    We need to respect the names of these brave journalists. Bush Senior was responsible for the horrors the CIA created in South America and the first thing a dictatorship does is to kill the real journalists.
    FiredogLake had a photo of this brave man with a tribute. He had a beautiful smile and a brave heart.

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