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Iraq Replaces Head of State Media

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq replaces state media head An Iraqi court has reinstated the former president of the Iraqi Media Network (IMN), annulling the appointment of Nabil Jasem. Click here to… Read More

Iraqi Photojournalist sentenced to 7 Years Prison in “Secret Trial”

In response to the sentencing of Iraqi Kurdish photojournalist Qaraman Shukri to seven years in prison in a secret trial, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) issued the following statement: “Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq are making an appalling habit of sentencing journalists to prison without any regard for due process and for the rights… Read More

Amnesty: Arbitrary Arrests and Enforced Disappearance in Kurdistan

By Amnesty International. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearance of activists and journalists Over the past year the authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) have ruthlessly cracked down on journalists, activists… Read More

Iraqi Kurdistan “Discards Idea of Democracy”

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Authoritarian Turn: Western ally ‘Discards idea of Democracy’ Writing in the Financial Times, Chloe Cornish says the arrest and conviction of journalists and activists In Iraqi Kurdistan has revived concerns over a government dominated by two clans, the Barzanis and the Talabanis. Click here to read the full article (subscription required)

UN: Freedom of Expression Increasingly Curtailed in KRI

Freedom of expression increasingly curtailed in Kurdistan Region of Iraq – UN report Freedom of expression in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has been increasingly curtailed over the past year, according to a UN report issued on Wednesday. Critics of public authorities have risked not only intimidation, restrictions on their movements and arbitrary arrests, but… Read More

KRI Court upholds Jail Terms for Journalists

In response to the Erbil Court of Cassation’s recent decision to uphold the six-year jail sentences of Iraqi Kurdish journalists Sherwan Amin Sherwani and Guhdar Zebari, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) issued the following statement: “With the Erbil Court of Cassation’s decision to uphold the six-year jail sentences of journalists Sherwan Amin Sherwani and… Read More

Iraq Falls Further in World Press Freedom Index

By John Lee. Iraq has fallen in the World Press Freedom Index for 2021, ranking 163rd out of 180 countries, down one place on last year. The result puts Iraq behind countries such as Turkey and Sudan, but ahead of Iran and Syria. First place went to Norway, with Eritrea coming last. Reporters Without Borders… Read More

UNESCO trains Police on Dangers to Iraqi Women Journalists

UNESCO Iraq trains female police officers to respond to the dangers and threats facing Iraqi women journalists Within the multi-donor program MDP grant, UNESCO Iraq Office, CI, organized a three-day training course targeting 18 police officers from the Crimes Against Journalists Investigation Unit. This session comes as part of UNESCO’s efforts to strengthen the national… Read More

How “Flimsy Evidence” sent Iraqi Kurdish Journalists to Jail

From the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ): ‘Spaghetti against the wall’: how flimsy evidence sent 2 Iraqi Kurdish journalists to jail for 6 years The case against Iraqi Kurdish journalists Sherwan Amin Sherwani and Guhdar Zebari was built on flimsy and circumstantial evidence, five observers of the journalists’ Erbil trial last month told CPJ. Their six-year… Read More