A 30-year-old female reporter covering the war in Iraq was killed on Saturday by the explosion of a roadside bomb during fighting between government forces and jihadists in west Mosul, her employer, Iraqi Kurdish channel Rudaw TV, said, adding that the cameraman working with her was wounded.
The wounded journalist was transferred to Arbil, the nearby capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region where the channel is headquartered.
“Prominent Rudaw war reporter and journalist Shifa Gardi has been killed in Mosul as she covered clashes,” the station said on social media.
“Shifa Gardi was one of Rudaw’s most daring journalists,” the channel said in a statement.
“Journalism remains male-dominated – Shifa Gardi broke those perceptions and stereotypes – we pay tribute to her courageous journalism.”
Gardi was the second journalist to die covering the Mosul offensive, in the first days of which a young Iraqi reporter for Al Sumaria TV, Ali Raysan, was also killed.
She had recently started presenting a daily show on the Mosul offensive, the early stages of which Kurdish peshmerga forces took part in.
Rudaw posted a picture on their website of Gardi holding a rabbit she found wounded while on assignment south of Mosul earlier this week.
“I brought it back with me. We will be treating the rabbit and then give it to an animal protection agency which is willing to look after it,” she was quoted as saying.
(Source: DCMF.org/AFP, final editing by Issa Sikiti. Photo of Gardi by DCMF)