Another five journalists killed in targeted attack on TV station

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first_img RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Help by sharing this information News December 28, 2020 Find out more Organisation December 16, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts February 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” to go further News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders is dismayed to learn that five journalists were killed when gunmen staged a suicide attack yesterday on the headquarters of Salaheddin TV in the northern city of Tikrit. Two of the four gunmen detonated their explosive vests while security forces shot the other two before they could detonate theirs. Owned by the local government, Salaheddin is the biggest TV station in Salaheddin province. The five employees killed by the explosions were chief news editor Raad Yassin, producer Jamal Abdel Nasser, cameraman Mohamed Ahmad Al-Khatib, presenter Wissam Al-Azzawi and the archives manager Mohamed Abdel Hamid. Four other employees were injured.“We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and colleagues of these journalists and we urge the authorities to ensure that this attack is independently investigated and that those behind it are brought to justice,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This appalling act cannot go unpunished.“The horrific scale and targeted nature of this attack is unfortunately indicative of a decline in the security situation for journalists in Iraq. More and more journalists are being targeted because of their work. The authorities have a duty to ensure that they are able to work without fearing for their safety.”Reporters Without Borders wrote to the Iraqi authorities on 18 December about the situation of freedom of information in Iraq and the security climate for media personnel. RWB is now releasing the text of the letter and hopes the authorities will take the necessary measures to end these attacks.Journalists are increasingly the targets of deliberate attacks whose perpetrators and instigators are rarely identified. At least 12 have been killed in the past three months. Others have been threatened. But the authorities still have not taken the necessary measures to protect journalists and still have not ordered proper investigations aimed at bringing these responsible to justice. IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 24, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another five journalists killed in targeted attack on TV station RSF_en Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Related documents lettre_irak_gb-2.pdfPDF – 77.21 KB Newslast_img read more

Bakery veteran John Gorman passes on

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first_imgGalashiels baker John Gorman passed away recently at the age of 90, having spent 60 years in the trade.He started working as a baker in 1940 at the age of 14, for Andersons of Bridgeton in Glasgow.Gorman then met his future wife, who was working in the bakery as a shop girl. Having worked in various bakeries in Glasgow he enrolled in national service and served the army in Palestine and Greece as a baker until 1948.On his return from the army, he married and moved to Pumpherston, West Lothian, to work at the Co-op bakery there.Gorman then ran his own bakery in Mid Calder before working for Milanda in Sighthill, Edinburgh. In the late 1960s he became production manager at Border Bakeries in Galashiels, which later became Robertsons (Bakers) Ltd.Robertsons subsequently moved production to Carlisle but closed in 1983, and Gorman became a partner in Border Wholesale Bakery before retiring at the age of 75.His son, Eric, described him as “a true baker and a hardworking man all his life, leaving us so many memories of his life in the trade he loved. He worked seven days a week to earn a crust for his family and spent over 60 years as a journeyman in the trade”.Eric remembers reading British Baker from cover to cover as a child in the 1970s, “whilst waiting for my father to finish his shift in the bakery”.last_img read more