Video: The Perilous Life of Journalists in Iraq

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Since the US-led invasion in 2003, Iraq has been one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists. According to figures from the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 200 media workers have lost their lives since the fighting began, and Press Freedom day on May 3 was marred by the death of another journalist – Ammar al-Shahbander.

He, along with 17 other victims, died in a car bomb that the armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for. Shahbander’s killing was not targeted, but in Iraq rival political factions and ISIL have been blamed for a number of targeted killings and kidnappings of journalists.

Talking us through the story are: Chatham House’s Middle East analyst Tim Eaton; Sadoun Dhamad, an Al-Hurra TV presenter; Abbas Kadhim, a fellow from The Foreign Policy Institute; and Al Jazeera correspondent Imran Khan:

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