BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: The Iraqi Parliament has demanded the protection of journalists, freedom of opinion and demonstration, along with the discovery of the killers of the Journalist, Hadi al-Mahdi, and sending them to justice.
Hadi al-Mahdi was found killed at his residence in central Baghdad’s Karrada district on Thursday and the Security Bodies pointed out that he had been killed by a weapon fixed with silencer.
Member of the Parliament’s Culture & Information Committee for the Kurdistan Coalition, Moayad al-Tiyib, said in a speech in the Parliament’s session on Saturday, in which he condemned the assassination of the Journalist Hadi al-Mahdi, “I demand to put an end for the state where Iraq continues to become a graveyard for media men and writers.”
After reading a sentence from the Holy Quran about Martyrs, Tayib said: “The Parliament’s Culture & Information Committee strongly condemns the assassination of Journalist Hadi al-Mahdi, the outstanding activist in defense of the basic rights, cited in the Iraqi Constitution, including the right of opinion, demonstration and rendering services for the people.”
“The Culture & Information Committee condoles the people for this deep incident and demands exerting every possible effort by the Security Authorities to uncover the killers and sending the for justice, as well as preparing further protection for the media men, whilst we feel painful to see Iraq becoming a graveyard for free journalists,” he said.
“We have to strive to put an end for continued murder crimes against this group of guardians of the Constitution, transparency, integrity and the sovereignty of the law, in our young democratic experience,” he added.
Mahdi, graduate of Baghdad University’s Collage of Find Arts in 1989 and father of 3 children, had immigrated to Denmark in the 1990s of the last Century, escaping from the regime of former President Saddam Hussein, which executed a number of his relatives and returned home after the downfall of the regime, where he worked in several media agencies, last of which had been a radio station, in which he had been presenting a program that gained a broad mass support.
Mahdi was detained on Feb.
25th together with three other journalists, where he faced torture and threats of assassination if he insisted to call for demonstrations.
The Journalists Rights Society had called in a statement early in the day on the Iraqi Parliament to “interfere and form an investigation committee to uncover the details of the crime, especially that the government’s authorities had never uncovered any assassinations of killing journalists since 2003.