The Islamic State militants captured eight journalists and media workers working for a local television in the militants-seized city of Mosul, capital of the country’s northern province of Nineveh, a provincial security source said on Sunday.
Five media workers were captured by the IS militants early in the day, while three others were captured on Friday, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Four reporters and cameramen, two technicians and an administrator are all working for local news Sama Mosul satellite channel, the source said.
The IS militants stormed their homes in different districts of Mosul, some 400 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, and captured them, the source added.
After the IS took control of Mosul in June, Iraq’s second largest city, many reporters have left the city for fear of reprisals.
On Oct. 11, IS militants kidnapped and executed Raad al-Azzawi, a cameraman for local news Sama Salahudin satellite channel, and three of his relatives in Iraq’s central province of Salahudin for alleged collaboration with Iraqi security forces.
The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders group said the U.S. war with Iraq was the most lethal for journalists since World War II, and the statistics of the Iraqi Union of Journalists showed that more than 300 of its members and media workers were killed since the start of the U.S.-led war in March, 2003.
Iraq’s security situation began to drastically deteriorate on June 10, when bloody clashes broke out between the Iraqi security forces and the IS, an al-Qaida break-away group, who took control of the country’s northern city of Mosul and later seized swathes of territories after Iraqi security forces abandoned their posts in Nineveh and other predominantly Sunni provinces.