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Iraq: Remember Atwar Bahjat

Zeyad asks for a campaign to remember murdered journalist Atwar Bahjat. He repeats a suggestion made by Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy:

Al-Arabiya, entrepreneurs in the Arab world and journalism schools in the region should be encouraged to set up a scholarship programme in her honour that would fund the education of female journalists in Iraq as well as in the Arab world.

Zeyad adds:

Whoever killed Atwar, had in fact killed Iraq and killed that tiny glimmer of hope. I believe the above suggestion is the least we can do to preserve the beautiful memory of Atwar Bahjat. … Let us know if you can help with this noble endeavor.


  • A. Khat

    I have just read an article in The Australian newspaper by Hala Jaber, about the revelation of the last hours and gruesome death of Atwar Bahjat. It is unthinkable to think that a human being can do this to another human being.
    Bahjat was a courageous and passionate journalist, a small light amidst the chaos of Iraq.
    Zeyad is right. Something should be done to remember this young Iraqi. The murderous thugs may never be brought to justice but we should never forget her will and courage.

  • There is some controversy about Hala Jaber’s report. Read what blogger Fayrouz has to say about it ( Atwar’s killing was a crime, but what we do not want is rumour and false report tainting her memory and causing further anguish for her family.

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