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Int''l media body condemns killing of Egyptian journalist

BRUSSELS, Aug 21 (KUNA) -- The International Federation of Journalists on Wednesday condemned the killing on Monday of Egyptian daily Al Ahram's regional bureau chief, Tamer Abdel Raouf, shot dead at an army check point by soldiers shortly after the start of the curfew.
Another journalist, Hamed Al Barbari, a reporter for the daily Al Gumhuria, who was travelling with him in the car, was also shot in the hand and leg and has beeen hospitalised, said the IFJ in a statement.
"It is shocking that trigger-happy security forces shoot to kill without any attempt to establish the identity of the journalists," commented IFJ President Jim Boumelha.
"This seems to be a case of shoot first and ask questions later which is unacceptable. If journalists and media personnel, who are officially exempt form curfew, are to be allowed to move freely and safely at night, the security forces must establish clear rules to enforce the curfew," he added in the statement.
The Brussels-based IFJ represents more than 600000 journalists in 134 countries. (end) nk.sd KUNA 212227 Aug 13NNNN