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Assassination of Novelist Alaa Mashzoub Is a Blow to Creative Expression in Iraq

Feb 04, 2019 - Targeted News Service

PEN America issued the following news release:

The assassination of Iraqi novelist Alaa Mashzoub, who was murdered on his way home by an anonymous motorcycle gunman, is a horrific attack on creative expression in Iraq, PEN America said in a statement today.

The city's police force reportedly stated that Mashzoub was shot multiple times after being intercepted by a gunman on a motorcycle while heading to his house in the city of Karbala on February 2, 2019. While the motive and the pe...