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Ahmed Shawkat, Bila Ittijah
28 October 2003
Ahmed Shawkat, head of the daily newspaper Bila Ittijah (« Without Direction »), was shot dead the 28th October 2003, on the roof of his office in Mossoul (Nothern Iraq). According to his daughter, Roaa Shawkat, who also works for Bila Ittjah, Ahmed Shawkat had already received threatening letters, advising him to close his newspaper. She suspected that islamic extremists were the source of the killing. «He wrote against resistance, against the Americans, against the local government and against the previous government. He had integrity », said Roaa Shawkat, before concluding that «of course, his freedom of thoughts did not please everyone »