233 journalists have been killed since 2003

BAGHDAD Gunmen shot and wounded three members of an Iraqi television crew in eastern Baghdad, an Iraqi media watchdog said.

“A group of armed men carrying pistols and automatic guns targeted our colleagues and fired at them,” the Iraqi Journalists Observatory said in a statement.

Cameraman Hameed Hasim was hit in the stomach and mouth and underwent an emergency operation at Baghdad’s Al-Kindi hospital, a medic at the hospital said.

Reporter Hassan al-Rikabi and driver Azim Habeeb were also wounded in Monday’s attack in Baghdad’s Al-Rubaie street.

The crew work for Beladi TV, which is owned by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s Dawa Party.

The Iraqi Journalists Observatory, which monitors violence against the media, said 233 journalists and media workers have been killed in Iraq since 2003.

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