Shifa Gardi, an Iraqi Kurdish TV journalist who was covering the battle to retake Mosul from ISIS, was killed by a roadside bomb on Saturday, her news organization Rudaw TV reports. “Shifa Gardi was one of Rudaw’s most daring journalists,” the Kurdish media organization said. “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.” In a tweet memorializing Gardi, Rudaw also praised the groundbreaking aspects of her career, saying, “Journalism remains male-dominated — Shifa Gardi broke those perceptions & stereotypes — we pay tribute to her courageous journalism.”
— Rudaw English (@RudawEnglish) February 25, 2017
Gardi, 30, is the first reporter to be killed in Iraq in 2017. Her death occurred during an offensive by Iraqi forces trying to recapture Mosul from ISIS, which has had a stronghold pivotal city. She is remembered fondly by many of her colleagues, with Rudaw executive director Ako Mohamm calling her “an example of dedication,” and BBC Middle East correspondent Quentin Sommerville describing her as intrepid and determined. “Shifa Gardi’s tragic death underscores the continuing risk that journalists in Iraq face while doing their jobs,” Robert Mahoney, deputy executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said. “Journalists covering Iraq, and particularly those covering the ongoing conflict between the Iraqi government and the Islamic State group, have shown remarkable bravery and commitment to their work, and all sides in the conflict should honor that commitment by ensuring that they can do their jobs safely.”
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