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Roundtable opens door for Iraqi reporting on the killing journalists and the issue of impunity

Roundtable opens door for Iraqi reporting on the killing journalists and the issue of impunity

 UNESCO Office for Iraq Baghdad, 2 November 2016 –  a meeting of 15 senior officials from government, the Council of Representatives and representatives of the Iraqi media profession discussed information-sharing and reporting by Iraq on the safety of journalists. The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Hamid Khalef from the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council (PMAC) and...
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Iraqi Kurdistan’s ‘Superstar’ Politicians Fight Corruption – But Do They Do Any Good?

Guardians Of The Galaxy: Iraqi Kurdistan’s ‘Superstar’ Politicians Fight Corruption – But Do They Do Any Good?

Political celebs, from left to right: Farsat Sofi, Ali Hama Salih, Soran Omar, Sherko Jawdat, Izzat Saber.   Maaz Farhan :Niqash A handful of Iraqi Kurdish politicians have become well-known as anti-corruption crusaders and disloyal dissenters. But can these newly-minted political celebrities actually make a difference? Many locals in the semi-autonomous northern region of Iraqi...
Murdered Kurdish journalist’s family appeals to international community

Murdered Kurdish journalist’s family appeals to international community

Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is relaying an appeal to the international community by the family of Wedad Hussein Ali, an Iraqi Kurdish journalist who was murdered near the city of Dohuk, in Iraqi Kurdistan, on 13 August. The family is seeking an international investigation into his death. Wedad Hussein Ali, 28, died a few...
Baghdad Politicians Seek Protection From Corruption Charges With Their Tribes

Baghdad Politicians Seek Protection From Corruption Charges With Their Tribes

source:Niqash –  Mustafa Habib Tribal law and clan allegiances dominate Iraq’s social and political life. This month, in a worrying escalation, politicians accused of corruption in Parliament called upon their own tribes to protect them. At the beginning of the month, during a particularly dramatic session of the Iraqi Parliament, various senior politicians traded accusations...
The Iraqi Union for Freedom of Expression reviews the draft law on freedom of expression

The Iraqi Union for Freedom of Expression reviews the draft law on freedom of expression

“This report includes a copy of the draft law and the proposed amendment in Arabic” Baghdad, 10 August 2016 Iraqi civil society again faces the threat of legislation that could limit freedom of expression in Iraq. Recently a draft of a law on the freedom of expression that was discussed in the Iraqi Parliament included...
Iraqi Media Focuses on the Misfortunes of Minorities and Contributes to their Emigration

Iraqi Media Focuses on the Misfortunes of Minorities and Contributes to their Emigration

Ahmed Mohammad – Iraqi Media House An Iraqi Christian cleric declared that the Iraqi media focuses on minority issues mostly in the times of misfortunes and disasters in a very pathetic way as if they are not original Iraqis, while considered that; this drives them, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to leave the country, which constitutes...
Protests in Baghdad’s Green Zone Turn Deadly!

Protests in Baghdad’s Green Zone Turn Deadly!

ICSSI Baghdad – May 22, 2016 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative [ICSSI] has received devastating news from our partners on the violent repression of last Friday’s demonstrations in Baghdad. Among them, the Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq denounces that Iraqi Security forces have attacked members of the ‘Huna Baghdad’ Satellite Channel who were...
Officials Threaten Journalist with Death unless he Stops Denouncing Corruption

Officials Threaten Journalist with Death unless he Stops Denouncing Corruption

Journalistic Freedoms Observatory An Iraqi journalist faces pressure and death threats for publishing a file of corruption on investments in the province of Diyala, where local officials and directors of municipalities have manipulated permits for investments in the cities of Baquba, and Khanaqin. According to the documents obtained by the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO), the...
Training for Group of Iraqi Activists on Cyber Censorship in Baghdad

Training for Group of Iraqi Activists on Cyber Censorship in Baghdad

March 2016 The Citizenship Association for Human Rights In Iraq have conducted the Fourth training on  Cyber Censorship and protecting digital information form hacking and sabotage of programs or files and information stealing. The training included nine members form media and feminist organizations, including human rights and workers in the departments of media in each...
Freedom of Expression is Severely Threatened: Attacks on Journalists and Human Rights Defenders are Multiplying and the Government is Powerless to Stop Them!

Freedom of Expression is Severely Threatened: Attacks on Journalists and Human Rights Defenders are Multiplying and the Government is Powerless to Stop Them!

Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) March 2016 With the growth of peaceful protests and demands for radical change and reform of the Iraqi government in response to rampant corruption and the failure to provide services, risks for activists, journalists, and other human rights defenders, who are the backbone of the protests, are increasing.  ...
A Clear Violation of Freedom of Expression in Iraqi Kurdistan!

A Clear Violation of Freedom of Expression in Iraqi Kurdistan!

On the morning of Sunday 31 January 2016, in front of the Kurdistan Region Parliament – Iraq, in its capital, Erbil, the leftist activist Ali Mahmoud, and 7 other well-known leftist activists, were subject to arbitrary arrest by security forces there. The activists had been demonstrating peacefully in protest against rampant corruption and the policy...
Documented Biographies of 48 Abducted Journalists and 13 Journalists Executed by Daash

Documented Biographies of 48 Abducted Journalists and 13 Journalists Executed by Daash

October 27, 2015 –  Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) and Reporters Without Borders (RWB) Since the group calling itself “the Islamic State” (or “Islamic State of Iraq and Al- Sham”, ISIS) took control of Mosul in June 2014, this Iraqi city turned into a death trap for journalists, especially after the jihadist militant group seized all local media, getting hold...