Enzo G. Baldoni
(October 8, 1948 – August 26, 2004) was an Italian
journalist working freelance and for the Italian news magazine
. He was kidnapped near Najaf
, Iraq, on August 21, 2004, by the "Islamic Army in Iraq", a Muslim fundamentalist terrorist organization, allegedly linked with Al-Qaeda
. His driver-interpreter was killed during the abduction.
The Islamic Army released a videotape, aired on August 24 by Al Jazeera
, in which it requested the withdrawal of Italian troops
from Iraq in 48 hours. Failure to comply would result in Baldoni's execution
. On August 26, Al Jazeera came into possession of a videotape depicting Baldoni's murder. This latter videotape wasn't aired because of its gruesome nature. The existence of this tape is based on claims made by Al Jazeera only. Other sources claim it is only a video frame or a still shot taken with a digital camera
He had arrived in Baghdad
only a few weeks earlier and served there also as a Red Cross
volunteer. He leaves behind his wife and two children (23 and 25 years old).
Baldoni was born in Città di Castello
. Before becoming a freelance journalist he had founded the advertising agency "Le balene colpiscono ancora" ("The whales strike again") which orchestrated some very successful ad campaigns in Italy. Prior to becoming a successful advertising man he had done many odd jobs like mason (Belgium), gymnastics professor, photographer, interpreter and laboratory technician (chemistry).... Read More