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Freedom of Expression and Press
Iraq: New Guidelines Silence Media

Iraq: New Guidelines Silence Media

Emergency Decree Also Puts Pressure on Critical Reporting JULY 3, 2014 – Human Rights Watch (Baghdad) – Iraq’s new media guidelines are so vague as to be wide open to abuse. The guidelines unjustifiably restrict freedom of the press, including by requiring pro-governmental coverage. The government-run Communications and Media Commission (CMC) issued the “mandatory” guidelines on June 18,...
Iraqi Media Fail: Encouraging Sectarian Division, Spreading Rumors, Causing War

Iraqi Media Fail: Encouraging Sectarian Division, Spreading Rumors, Causing War

By Daoud al-Ali, Niqash, Baghdad – June 25, 2014 The way that the Iraqi media have covered the current crisis has left a lot to be desired. Instead of information they have spread rumours and encouraged sectarian divisions. If the country ends up with another civil war, the local media must bear some of the...
Inside Baghdad After Isis Attack: Guns, Rumours and Rising Prices

Inside Baghdad After Isis Attack: Guns, Rumours and Rising Prices

Niqash | Kholoud Ramzi | In Baghdad, embassies are shutting down, the Internet has been turned off, there’s a checkpoint on every corner and there are more weapons carried openly on the streets than ever. Food prices are rising, militias roam the streets and all anybody can talk about is whether the extremists will attack....
Declaration of the Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression

Declaration of the Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression

An International Conference on Freedom of Expression in the MENA Region took place in Tunis on 28-30 May 2014, organized by the Italian NGO Un ponte per… A new Iraqi partnership emerged from it — the Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression — that will focus on raising awareness about and taking action on issues...
All talk, No action: Iraqi Kurdistan’s New Freedom of Information Law Toothless!

All talk, No action: Iraqi Kurdistan’s New Freedom of Information Law Toothless!

Niqash | Erbil  Iraqi Kurdistan has a new freedom of information law. Despite being lauded by all local political parties, the law is almost a year old and has barely been used. At a recent meeting, journalists blamed politicians for wording the law in an imprecise way while MPs said the journalists were at fault....
MOUNTING DANGERS FOR JOURNALISTS IN IRAQ

MOUNTING DANGERS FOR JOURNALISTS IN IRAQ

Reporters Without Borders May 2014 Journalists were the victims of obstruction, threats and violence during Iraq’s 30 April parliamentary elections, the first since the withdrawal of US troops in late 2011. Violence by jihadi groups and inter-communal tension of a political and sectarian nature marked the security climate. “We are very concerned about the threats...
Kurdish Journalist Still in Prison in Slemani / Don’t Critizise APO!

Kurdish Journalist Still in Prison in Slemani / Don’t Critizise APO!

ARA News – Urfa, Turkey This is the second time he was arrested. / Syrian journalist detained in Iraqi Kurdistan for ‘defaming Kurdish leader’ The Police Center of Siwan in Sulaymaniyah city in Iraqi Kurdistan detained on Sunday the Syrian Kurdish journalist Biradost Azizi on charges on entering Iraqi Kurdistan illegally in 2004 and was...
Freedom of Expression in Iraq is Deteriorating Rapidly. Human Rights Defenders are at Risk and Afraid!

Freedom of Expression in Iraq is Deteriorating Rapidly. Human Rights Defenders are at Risk and Afraid!

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) Rome – April 2014 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) calls on the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on the situation of human rights defenders and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, to make an...
AUTHORITIES TURN THEIR SIGHTS ON JOURNALISTS

AUTHORITIES TURN THEIR SIGHTS ON JOURNALISTS

Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the growing hostility that the Iraqi authorities are displaying towards critical journalists. One of latest violations of freedom of information is a warrant for the arrest of Awn Al-Khashlok, the head of Baghdadia TV, and Anwar Al-Hamdani, the host of the station’s “Ninth Studio” programme,...
The Iraqi Presidential Guards Killed A Journalist In Baghdad

The Iraqi Presidential Guards Killed A Journalist In Baghdad

Security guards or militia? A statement by the Press Freedom Advocacy Association Baghdad, 22th of March, 2014 The Press Freedom Advocacy Association believes that the execution of the Director of “Radio Free Iraq”, our colleague Mohamed Bedaiwi al-Shammari, by an officer of the Iraqi presidential guard, reflects total disregard of institutions for the protection of...
Second  Festival Of  Iraqi Press: Journalists In Iraq Need Protection !

Second Festival Of Iraqi Press: Journalists In Iraq Need Protection !

By Afrah Shawqi : Middle East newspaper Baghdad Iraqi journalists stressed on the importance of respecting their freedom to express their opinions and to exercise their freedoms of press, as approved by the Iraqi Constitution.  Iraqi government have to provide adequate protection for media workers, and stop interfering the work of independent media and ....
Youth of Iraq: Our personal freedoms are not guaranteed and government authorities are responsible for nearly half of the violations!

Youth of Iraq: Our personal freedoms are not guaranteed and government authorities are responsible for nearly half of the violations!

January 2014 – A new report from Almesalla Organization for Human Resource Development concerning the personal freedoms of Iraqi youth in 2013 presents survey results indicating that more than 72% of youths questioned believe that their personal freedoms are not guaranteed, and that 41% of the violations are the result of government policies and practices...