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Freedom of Expression and Press
The Ministry of Communications Continue to Withhold Iraqi and Arab News Websites

The Ministry of Communications Continue to Withhold Iraqi and Arab News Websites

17 Jan. 2015 – JFO Iraqi and Arab media institutions continue to suffer from blocking their websites inside Iraq, since the 10th of June 2014.Where security authorities withheld in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications about 20 news websites, but it unblocked most of the websites afterwards, except for the website of “AlBaghdadiya” channel “Al-Baghdadi...
KRG Authorities Detain a Journalist for One Year

KRG Authorities Detain a Journalist for One Year

2 Jan. 2015 – JFO The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory expressed its concern about the continuing detention of a journalist by KRG authorities since January 2014. As there have been no reasons given for his detention, this directly violates the terms of the Iraqi constitution, as well as international conventions. The journalist, Saif Hashim Al-Obaidi, who...
Al-Qushla: Iraq's Oasis of Free Expression

Al-Qushla: Iraq’s Oasis of Free Expression

Al Jazeera – Baghdad On Friday mornings, Yasser Kian and his friends leave behind the pressures of work and school and the dangers of life in Baghdad to come to a small square that has become an oasis of free expression. On a recent Friday, Kian, dressed in a suit jacket, bowtie and retro sunglasses, pretends...
Mission Report to Iraqi Kurdistan Finds Media and Civil Society at Risk!

Mission Report to Iraqi Kurdistan Finds Media and Civil Society at Risk!

2014-12-31 –  gc4hr  Many see Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region in Northern Iraq, as a safe haven, a place of relative calm away from the terror and chaos that exists in much of the rest of Iraq. Yet independent journalists and human rights defenders are at risk, says a mission report by the Gulf Centre for Human...
Iraqis Wage New Battle for Freedoms!

Iraqis Wage New Battle for Freedoms!

Shukur Khilkhal – Al-monitor The battle over civil liberties has erupted again, after a draft law written under the government of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on freedom of expression, assembly and peaceful protest was returned to parliament in October. This draft law was presented to the previous parliament in October 2012, but it did...
Between the Laws Inherited from the Era of Dictatorship and Legislation Seeking to Restrict Freedom of Expression and the Press in Iraq, The Reality is Not Consistent with the Principles of Democracy

Between the Laws Inherited from the Era of Dictatorship and Legislation Seeking to Restrict Freedom of Expression and the Press in Iraq, The Reality is Not Consistent with the Principles of Democracy

Yasser Salem Executive Director of Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq Paper prepared for the ICSSI Conference in Oslo, October 2014   Introduction Between the laws still in affect that were passed during the previous era of dictatorship (which do not take into account the principles of democracy) and the violations and attacks being carried...
Testimony about the Challenges Media Faces in Iraq after the Collapse of Mosul!

Testimony about the Challenges Media Faces in Iraq after the Collapse of Mosul!

Journalist Saadoon Mohsen Damed Madarik Foundation Testimony submitted for ICSSI Conference Oslo – Norway – November  2014   Introduction: Talking about freedom of expression, particularly about the challenges the media is facing in Iraq, after the so-called “Collapse of Mosul” on 10 June 2014, might seem a kind of luxury, as we are facing serious and...
The Freedom of Expression Draft Law Restrict Freedoms and Recreates a Dictatorship!

The Freedom of Expression Draft Law Restrict Freedoms and Recreates a Dictatorship!

 Activists and Journalists Participate in a Seminar Organized by the Press Freedom Advocacy Association: Baghdad – November 15, 2014 On Saturday Nov. 15, the Press Freedom Advocacy Association conducted a discussion seminar on the freedom of expression, assembly and demonstration draft law.  A number of activists, journalists and legal experts were present. The seminar, which...
Iraq’s Media Cold War: Why Arabs Don’t Understand Kurds, and Vice Versa!

Iraq’s Media Cold War: Why Arabs Don’t Understand Kurds, and Vice Versa!

niqash | Mokrayan Kawa | Erbil Although it has quite possibly never been more important, the potential for conflict and misunderstanding between Iraq’s Arab population and its Kurdish one remains high. Part of the reason for this is the lack of Arabic-language media in Iraqi Kurdistan and the lack of desire on the part of...
Reality of Women Journalists in Iraq!

Reality of Women Journalists in Iraq!

Nibras Almamori / Director of Iraqi Women Journalists Forum Working paper dedicated for ICSSI Conference Norway – Oslo – October 2014 Despite the relative progress which was made by woman working in the media sector after the fall of the former regime — as evidenced, for instance, in radio and television and newspaper editing —...
Online Security in the Middle East: Iraq’s Activists Bypass Govt. Blocks!

Online Security in the Middle East: Iraq’s Activists Bypass Govt. Blocks!

niqash | Haider Najm | Baghdad  After the Iraqi government blocked access to some websites on the Internet recently, Iraq’s online activists are fighting back. One Canadian company making a portal to bypass blockages securely says that their Iraqi users have increased so dramatically over the past few months that they’re having trouble keeping up....
ISIS Threatening to Execute Iraqi Journalists!

ISIS Threatening to Execute Iraqi Journalists!

Source: Reporters Without Borders  Reporters Without Borders expresses grave concern over the fate of Raad Mohamed Al-Azaoui, an Iraqi journalist taken prisoner by ISIS on 7 September and threatened with beheading. The Islamic State offensive in Iraq that began last June, shows journalists more unprotected than ever in the face of mounting danger. “The Islamic...