Sunday 16th Dec. Iraqi Journalists attacked, assaulted and their equipment confiscated and Smashed in Karabala province by body guards of Ammar Al Hakim, the son of Abdul Aziz Al Hakim (head of SCIRI part of the 'Shia bloc' in Parliament). The journalists were reportedly While attempting to document the new security measures at province. The Reuters Correspondent Mushtaq Muhamed is quoted as saying that he was subjected to severe beatings with riffle buts accompanied with verbal assaults. They snatched his camera and returned it later smashed and missing the film tape inside it. Iyman Bilal the correspondent of Al Hurra TV station, told OJF she was startled by seeing armed men coming towards her shouting "stop filming", fearing assault, she complied quickly by asking her cameraman to stop, but the body guards, pushed her beat her colleague, Zuhair Abed Jassim.
OJF site claims the forces were interior ministry commandos, while HRinfo site says they were Ammar Al Hakim's body guards.