Ahmad Shawkat, former newsie

October 30, 2003
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Iraq’s no place to go around writing stories people don’t like. Sometimes they put a bullet in you.

Shawkat ignored letters warning him to close the paper after he published articles criticizing radical Islamists. On Tuesday morning, he paid the ultimate price for his principles. Two men followed him to the roof of his office, where he had gone to make a satellite phone call, and one of them shot him, police in Mosul said. The attackers escaped undetected.

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