Akidi was reportedly abducted by IS two months ago while he was on assignment in the IS-held Mosul city. The Kurdistan Democratic Party confirmed the journalist's death saying he was executed at the Ghazlani military base.
A few days ago, Iraqi cameraman Raad al-Azzawi was publicly executed near Tikrit by IS. Reportedly, the 37-year-old Azzawi, his brother and two other civilians were killed in the small village of Samra on Friday as they had refused to support the Islamic State and work for the extremist group.
The pictures of the two Kurdish journalists have been taking rounds in social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, where users have been condemning the act of ISIS. The internet community allege that unlike the Western journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloffwho were executed by ISIS, the Kurdish journalists' have not been talked about much.
The two Kurdish journalists deserve to be remembered like the Western journalists who were beheaded by ISIS, say the social media users.
Today #ISIS killed a Kurdish journalist named Muhanad Akidi and not surprisingly, the US media did not find this newsworthy.— Dan Arel (@danarel) October 14, 2014
The extremist Islamic State militants have said that any journalist working in their territory must declare their allegiance to IS or face death. Any civilian who speaks to Western media will also be killed, the IS has warned.