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Iraqi police joins hands with journalists group, launches hotline to save reporters

Iraqi police joins hands with journalists group
Iraqi journalists protesting killing of a colleague.

Iraqi authorities have unveiled a new hotline to protect journalists, Reuters has reported. The new hotline was set up with the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, a non-governmental Iraqi organisation that defends reporters.

The hotline numbers are posted on the JFO website Journalists who feel threatened can phone JFO, which will quickly pass their case on to a special police squad set up to protect them.

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The organisation's head Ziad al-Ajili said the new initiative was a sign the authorities are at last recognising the importance of protecting the media. "This is a great success on all levels, an agreement which took place among press organisations to protect journalists," al-Ajili told a news conference last week unveiling the project.

In just two weeks, the hotline helped thwart the killing of Qusay and another television reporter in Basra, said Interior Ministry spokesman Major-General Abdul Karim al-Khalaf. Suspects have also been captured in the northern city of Mosul accused of kidnapping and killing three TV journalists for the al-Sharqiya channel, he said. Khalaf said that the Interior Ministry has records of 276 journalists killed since 2003.

Date posted: October 16, 2008 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 406