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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...
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...
Serious Threats to Freedom of the Press in Kurdistan

Serious Threats to Freedom of the Press in Kurdistan

Widespread attacks against journalists and their organizations Since the protest movements in Kurdistan began, they have been overwhelmingly peaceful as teachers and professors demanded payment of their salaries, which have been withheld for four months. Over time, the protests evolved into strikes from work, and then turned into major demonstrations that not only demanded salaries...
Journalists Targeted for Covering Anti-corruption Protests

Journalists Targeted for Covering Anti-corruption Protests

Source: Reporters without Boarders Reporters Without Borders condemns the many cases of threats and physical violence against journalists covering the wave anti-corruption protests that have swept much of Iraq, from the south to the centre and the capital, for the past two and a half months. The aim of the violence against media personnel, by...
Study Shows that Despite Trauma, Journalists in Iraq Dedicated to Profession

Study Shows that Despite Trauma, Journalists in Iraq Dedicated to Profession

Source: University of Kansas During the war in Iraq, journalists from around the world flocked to the country, covering violent events from the battlefield to the halls of political power. But they eventually got to go home. Thousands of journalists still work in Iraq, and though the war is officially over, they still cover violent...
Despite Facing Difficulties and Serious Risk, Iraqi Women Journalists Achieve Victories

Despite Facing Difficulties and Serious Risk, Iraqi Women Journalists Achieve Victories

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) June, 2015   While the international community continues to see Iraqi women merely as victims of violence, Iraqi women journalists tell us another story, and celebrate today a victory of their advocacy efforts. A new Iraqi Media Network Law was approved by the Iraqi Parliament on May 28,...
IRAQ - Mounting Deadly Danger for Journalists in Iraq

IRAQ – Mounting Deadly Danger for Journalists in Iraq

REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS Reporters Without Borders is deeply worried by journalist Raed Al-Joubouri’s murder at his Baghdad home last week just days after another journalist, Thaer Alali, was publicly killed after being abducted by Islamic State. The generalized violence and impunity is making the situation of journalists very difficult in Iraq. Raed Al-Joubouri was found...
Focus on Iraq at the World Social Forum 2015

Focus on Iraq at the World Social Forum 2015

By Martina Pignatti Morano (Un ponte per… and ICSSI ) – April 2015. The World Social Forum has always been an important occasion for international and Iraqi activists to exchange views and plan joint actions, but the Iraqi delegation has never been as strong as this year. More than 25 Iraqi delegates came together, organizing...
IWPR Iraq Director Killed in Baghdad

IWPR Iraq Director Killed in Baghdad

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative mourns the loss of Ammar, Director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). In the same blast our friend Emad, journalist and member of the Iraqi Social Forum Committee on behalf of IWPR, was badly injured. Emad worked with us on the Save the Tigis Campaign, he...
SYRIA/IRAQ - Security Council Asked to Refer Crimes Against Journalists in Syria and Iraq to ICC

SYRIA/IRAQ – Security Council Asked to Refer Crimes Against Journalists in Syria and Iraq to ICC

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is asking the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Syria and Iraq, where war crimes have been committed against journalists, to the International Criminal Court. RSF made this request in a letter on 16 April to the office of Lithuania’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York,...