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TV reporter 67th journalist killed in Iraq
Updated: 2005-08-31 09:35

An Iraqi television journalist who was killed covering a demonstration east of Baghdad became the 67th journalist to die in the Iraq war, a media advocacy group said Tuesday, AP reported.

Rafed Mahmoud al-Rubai was shot by unidentified gunmen while covering a pro-Saddam Hussein rally on Saturday. Rubai, a freelance contributor to the Iraqi TV station Al Irakiya, died instantly, Reporters Without Borders said.

"Rafid became a target after he did a great job during the elections" in January, Iraqiya's editor-in-chief Bassem al-Fadly said.

Rubai was the 67th journalist or media assistant to be killed in Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003. In addition, two are still missing, it said. In contrast, a total of 63 journalists were killed in the Vietnam war, which lasted from 1955 to 1975.

The International Federation of Journalists on Monday urged the United Nations to investigate deaths of media staff at the hands of coalition forces in Iraq.

The organization said the death of Reuters television sound technician Waleed Khaled on Sunday brought to 18 the number of journalists and other members of the media killed by U.S. troops since the invasion of Iraq.

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