Iraqi journalist Shifa Gardi killed while reporting from Mosul
PUBLISHED Sat, February 25, 2017 - 9:18am EST
Shifa Gardi (شیفا گەردی), a well-known journalist working for the Rudaw Media Network, has been killed while reporting from the Iraqi city of Mosul, where a military offensive continues to drive out the Islamic State group (ISIS).
Rudaw said Gardi was killed in a roadside bomb explosion on Saturday afternoon as she covered clashes in Mosul, but other details about the circumstances of her death were not immediately available. The news came less than an hour after she appeared in a live report on Rudaw TV.
"Shifa Gardi was one of Rudaw’s most daring journalists," the network said in a statement. "She was known as a renowned skilled journalist in Kurdish news media, and brought outstanding coverage to Rudaw TV right from the beginning of its establishment."
Rudaw cameraman Yunis Mustafa was injured in the bomb explosion, the network said, though there was no immediate word on his condition. Further details were not yet available, but Gardi's colleagues, viewers and officials took to social media to mourn her death.
"Extremely disheartening to hear of Shifa Gardi's death," said Falah Mustafa, the minister of foreign relations in the Kurdistan Regional Government. "A brave journalist and role model to young women. My condolences to her family and Rudaw."
Gardi is the 7th journalist to be killed so far this year, according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). It said a total of 93 journalists and media professionals were killed in 2016, as well as 29 journalists who died in two plane crashes in Colombia and Russia.