President Salih offers his condolences to the Iraqi media community on the martyrdom of the TV reporter Ahmed Abdul Samad and the cameraman Safaa Ghali, who have been assassinated in the city of Basra.
While denouncing such as a crime targeting journalists and peaceful activists covering the popular demonstrations, President Salih stresses the role and responsibilities of the state agencies to protect the security and uphold the right to freedom of expression. Furthermore, they should shoulder their responsibilities and arrest offenders to stand trial.
We extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the two martyrs' families, to their colleagues and to their loved ones.
 May Allah Almighty grant them a place in paradise.
We wish a speedy recovery to all those who were wounded.
 We wish freedom, security and peace for all Iraqis.
  Media Office of the Presidency,
Saturday, January 11, 2020.

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