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March 26, 2014

Iraq: One journalist killed in Baghdad, another badly wounded in Babil

Mohamed Baidawi , Radio Free Iraq’s Baghdad bureau chief, was shot dead in Baghdad on March 22, while Radio Babel journalist Raji Hamadallah was badly injured in a shooting attack on March 24 in Babil province, according to Reporters Without Borders . Baidawi was trying to enter the high security “Green Zone” where the Radio Free Iraq’s office is located when he got into an argument at a checkpoint with a member of the presidential guard, who hit him several times and finally shot him in the... MORE
March 11, 2014

Two media workers killed in suicide bombing in Iraq

Two employees of state-owned Al-Iraqiya TV , Muthanna Abdel Hussein and Khaled Abdel Thamer , were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a police checkpoint at Hala, 70 km south of Baghdad, March 11 morning. “We offer our condolences to the friends and families of these two media workers and we condemn this attack with the utmost energy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Journalists are among the leading victims of renewed sectarian violence in Iraq, which has been revived by the crisis in Syria... MORE
February 12, 2014

Baghdad newspaper bombed after cartoon of Iran’s Supreme Leader

Reporters Without Borders has condemned the February 20 bomb attack on the downtown Baghdad headquarters of the Al-Sabah Al-Jadid newspaper, five days after it published a much criticised cartoon of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. The explosion caused a great deal of damage but no injuries. The offending cartoon illustrated an article in the newspaper’s February 6 issue, which was about the demonstrations being organized this week to mark the 34th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic... MORE
January 22, 2014

Iraqi journalist killed by bomb in Anbar province

An Iraqi journalist was killed by a roadside bomb in Anbar province on Monday, according to news reports. Firas Mohammed Attiyah , a correspondent, had been reporting on ongoing clashes in the province for the local Fallujah TV station, the reports said. "The situation for journalists in Iraq has deteriorated very sharply in recent months," said CPJ's Middle East and North Africa Coordinator Sherif Mansour. "We call on authorities to do everything they can to ensure journalist safety and bring... MORE
July 19, 2011

Iraq: Resumption of physical attacks on reporters

Many journalists have been the target of deliberate physical attacks in the past week as police officers and members of the security forces of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of the two main parties that form the government in Iraqi Kurdistan, looked on without intervening. In one incident, reporters were attacked by gunmen in civilian dress while covering a fire in a building near the Family Mall, a leading shopping centre, in Erbil on July 13. Police made no attempt to help the... MORE
July 14, 2011

Lawsuits and violence by security forces become daily events for Iraqi journalists

Iraqi journalists are now often sued by politicians and public figures and, at the same time, are often the targets of physical attacks which, in many cases are carried out by members of the security forces, including the bodyguards of leading politicians. “These practices, which are designed to intimidate journalists and censor the media, constitute serious violations of freedom of expression and must stop at once,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. In one... MORE
June 22, 2011

Iraq: Cameraman killed by car bomb in southern city

Afaq TV cameraman Salem Alwan Al-Gharabi killed in a double suicide bombing in the southern city of Diwaniya June 21. His death brought the number of media personnel killed in Iraq since the start of the year to six, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). According to a preliminary report by the Iraqi security services, 20 people were killed and 30 were wounded by two car bombs that were detonated outside a government compound in Diwaniya (275 km south of... MORE
April 21, 2011

International community urged asked to press Kurdistan to end abuses against journalists

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has expressed shock at the spate of arbitrary arrests in Iraqi Kurdistan as it prepares to celebrate the 113th anniversary of the creation of the first Kurdish news media on Friday. Media freedom and security, which seemed better in Kurdistan than in neighbouring regions during the darkest years of the war in Iraq, have worsened a great deal in the past two months. We urge the international community to press the Kurdistan Regional... MORE
April 11, 2011

Journalist still being arrested, harassed and intimidated amid continuing protests

Threats and acts of intimidation against journalists are continuing in Iraqi Kurdistan as a wave of protests enters its 55th day in the autonomous region. “This situation is worrying,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. “Not a day goes by without a journalist being arrested, threatened or harassed. We reiterate our 25 March appeal to Iraqi Kurdistan’s authorities to accept that they have a responsibility to guarantee the safety of journalists and their right... MORE
April 10, 2011

TV station director gunned down in Iraq

Taha Al-Alawi , the head of satellite television station Al-Masar TV, was killed in the Werij district of southern Baghdad on Friday. Gunmen shot at the car in which he was travelling. Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) urged Iraqi authorities to carry out a proper investigation into this killing in order to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Impunity for murderers of journalists must stop. Al-Alawi is the fifth journalist to have been killed in Iraq... MORE