Deadly car-bomb attack on Al-Arabiya’s Baghdad bureau

first_img Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 16, 2020 Find out more to go further Organisation Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News A car-bomb explosion seriously damaged satellite TV news station Al-Arabiya’s bureau in the central Baghdad district of Harithya today, with an initial toll of three dead, 16 injured and one person missing. The explosion followed a series of threats of attacks on Al-Arabiya by terrorist networks.“It is unacceptable that journalists are the target of acts of such barbarity,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge to the authorities to do what is necessary to guarantee the safety of journalists at a time of violence in which they could be singled out.”Al-Arabiya had temporarily shut down the bureau on 25 June following an interior ministry communiqué warning that insurgents groups had threatened to carry out bombings.Opened in 2003, the station’s Baghdad bureau has been hit by terrorist attacks in the past. Bureau chief Jawad Hattab narrowly escaped the bomb that was set off underneath his car in September 2008. A car bomb targeted at the bureau killed seven people and wounded 20 others in October 2006.Several Al-Arabiya journalists have been injured or killed in targeted attacks. Atwar Bahjat and two colleagues were killed near the northern city of Samarra in February 2006. Jawad Kazem was injured in an attempted abduction in June 2006.Based in Dubai, Al-Arabiya is financed by Saudi and Gulf capital. Its Baghdad bureau was closed down for a month in September 2006 on the Iraqi government’s orders.Accused by Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki of inciting sectarianism and violence, Al-Arabiya was banned from covering a vote on a law on provincial autonomy to which the Sunni Arab minority was opposed. Receive email alerts RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace”center_img News July 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Deadly car-bomb attack on Al-Arabiya’s Baghdad bureau News IraqMiddle East – North Africa News February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraqlast_img read more

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first_imgMarco Olmi, at The Drury Tea & Coffee Company, said Caffè Culture at London’s Olympia last month was one of his favourite exhibitions and Drury has attended all three shows so far. “The high standards have been maintained by the organisers this year with good visitor numbers attending. We find that visitors are at the same time both knowledgeable and prepared to commit themselves to purchase.”Certainly, one of the reasons for its success is the highly targeted nature of the show, he said. “It fairly and squarely addresses the needs of the high-street coffee shop. This is also a key market segment for Drury and its associate company, The Coffee Machine Company, so it was natural we should attend.”The level of interest in Drury teas and coffees was very pleasing and we were delighted with the response from visitors to the Rancilio Compact Tall espresso machine, which we launched at the show.”Newbie Keith Upham, managing director of Devonvale, a baked snacks producer based in Honiton, Devon, was exhibiting at Caffè Culture for the first time.”We have been serving the coffee shop market for many years now and Caffè Culture helped us to gain an even better understanding of how this huge market works,” he said. “If, like me, you were born in a world where coffee options were either ’black or white’ and ’with or without’, the sheer range of flavours, styles and combinations is quite staggering and a fantastic opportunity for a company like ours producing complementary snacks.”Devonvale, which produces a wide range of award-winning crumbles, flapjacks and individual cake slices, used the exhibition to present the recently launched ’Just’ range of healthier nut and seed-based cluster bars.”Listening to our customers is probably the most important thing we do as a company,” he said. “And for me as a baker, the greatest buzz comes from finding technical ways to deliver what those customers want.”Angela Cole, Devonvale’s account manager agreed: “You just cannot beat an exhibition for getting to the heart of a sector. I not only came away with plenty of leads, but also some great suggestions for new products and flavours perfect for the coffee market.”last_img read more