March 18, 2004: Attack on media workers in Iraq

On March 18, 2004 three Iraqi journalists working for the occupying US forces were killed in a drive-by shooting near Baghdad.

BAQUBA, IRAQ – If you don’t like the message, kill the messenger.

I would imagine that journalism is not normally seen as a dangerous profession. If you write a weekly wine or gardening column, for instance, I am fairly certain that you do not lie awake at night worrying whether your reviews of Merlots or petunias is going to expose you to threats from angry sommeliers or florists.

If, on the other hand, you report on crime or terrorism you may find yourself pissing off the wrong people. A good example is unfolding in Mexico which, after Syria, has become the world’s most dangerous nation for journalists. Many of those killed have been reporting on corruption or drug cartels.

Is getting a scoop worth dying for?(Photo: By Nancy Wong – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)

In lands where terrorists are numerous the situation is similar.

On this day in 2004

Three Iraqi journalists working for the occupying US forces were killed in a drive-by shooting. They were killed as they drove to work at a coalition-funded television station in Baquba, 50 km NE of Baghdad.

It is far easier to fight an enemy who fights you conventionally and who fights you in some similar fashion to the way you fight him, than it is to fight an enemy who uses the tools of terror.

Maj. Gen. Martin Dempsey, commander of the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division

We live in an age where information is critical to our understanding of the world. Alas, some also die getting us that information.

Read More Today in Terrorism

Listen to the Latest Borealis Podcast

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

One reply on “March 18, 2004: Attack on media workers in Iraq”

Our current geopolitical situation reflects similar logic.
Wishing you and your family a safe and joyful weekend!

Leave a Reply