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Gunmen kill young Iraqi journalist

Mazin al-Baghdadi killed in front of whole family

Gunmen shot and killed a young Iraqi journalist, Mazin al-Baghdadi, who was working as a reporter and anchor for al-Mousiliyya TV, on Sunday evening at his home in Iraq.

The gunmen reportedly in civilian clothing introduced themselves as intelligence officers to al-Baghdadi's father.

When the 18-year old exited his house to speak to the men, they shot him. The whole family witnessed the shooting, according to an official at the Interior Ministry.

Al-Baghdadi was working for al-Mousiliyya TV for the last seven months. He presented two talk shows, "Sabah al-Kheir" (Good morning) and "Al-Mosul fi Isbou" (Mosul in a Week).

According to the International Press Institute, al-Baghdadi is the sixth journalist to be killed in Iraq this year.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called on Iraqi authorities to investigate the murder thoroughly and transparently.

Iraq ranks first on CPJ's 2010 Impunity Index, one that lists countries where journalists are often murdered and governments are reluctant to prosecute the killers.

More than 230 journalists and media workers have been killed in Iraq since the US-led invasion began in 2003, according to Reporters Without Borders' September report.