RojNews reporter Wedad Hussein Ali was kidnapped and murdered by unknown gunmen in Duhok. File photo
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DUHOK – Wedad Hussein Ali was an Iraqi Kurdish journalist who was murdered on August 13th near the city of Duhok in Iraqi Kurdistan. His family has called for an international investigation into his death.
Wedad Hussein Ali, 28, died a few hours after being kidnapped by gunmen in Duhuk. He worked for RojNews, a news agency that supports the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
The Duhok policeare investigating Ali’s murder, but his family fears that it will go unpunished, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The family cites witness accounts as grounds for believing that he was still alive when his abductors dumped him at the roadside between Dohuk and the village of Semel,” the RSF reported.
The family also questions the police decision to take him to Semel Hospital, which was further away than Dohuk Hospital, where he would have received better treatment, the free press organization added.
“(…) we are calling on all international human rights organizations and those who defend freedom of speech, European and American consulates in Erbil to investigate and to put pressure on Kurdistan Regional Government so that an international independent committee may investigate the abduction of Wedad,” the letter says.
The family says it does not trust the local authorities to solve Ali’s abduction and murder.
According to the RSF, three other journalists have been murdered with impunity in Iraqi Kurdistan since 2008.