Iraqi reporter kidnapped

Gunmen abduct Al-Baghdadiyah journalist

Gunmen kidnapped a reporter for the private Al-Baghdadiyah satcaster on his way to work in Baghdad, six weeks after a host for the channel had been gunned down.

Muntadhar al-Zaidi, 28, was abducted Friday in the Bab Al-Sharji neighborhood in central Baghdad, channel execs said.

Al-Zaidi had been working at Al-Baghdadiyah for several years.

Channel presenter Jawad al-Daami was shot dead by unknown gunmen while driving through the western Baghdad neighborhood of Al-Qadisiyah on Sept. 24.

Al-Baghdadiyah was launched by a group of Iraqi businessmen soon after the airwaves opened up following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said 206 media workers — journalists, technicians and assistants — have been killed since the start of invasion, 46 of them since the start of this year.

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