Talk about perilous assignments for journalists these days and the first countries that come to mind are places like Syria, Ukraine or Somalia.

But Iraq, which was a burial ground for media workers in the years after the invasion in 2003, is still one of the most dangerous countries to report from. Five reporters were killed there last year, second only to Syria - and once again, conditions are getting worse.

Another journalist was killed last week - on World Press Freedom Day - when a car bomb that ISIL has claimed responsibility for, took the life of Ammar Shahbander, who was with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting.

Journalists continue to face dangers. There's a culture of impunity. We've seen deaths, we've seen attacks, we've seen kidnappings.

Tim Eaton, Middle East analyst

That was not a targeted killing, but last month, Ned Parker, Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters fled the country - after his life had been threatened, he said, for his reporting on a story involving ISIL.

However those threats did not come from the ISIL side of the story - but from supporters of the government.

The Reuters journalist was also identified by a reporter on a local TV channel - reason enough in Iraq to pack your bags and head to the airport. But leaving Iraq is not an option for everybody - and countless local journalists are caught between various factions competing for power.

With intimidation comes the chill - all the stories that should make news, but do not get reported.

Talking us through the story this week are: Chatham House's Middle East analyst Tim Eaton; Sadoun Dhamad, presenter from Al-Hurra TV; Fellow from The Foreign Policy Institute, Abbas Kadhim; and Imran Khan, Al Jazeera correspondent.

Source: Al Jazeera