New York, September 20, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the arrest and detention of a reporter in Tikrit today. Kalshan al-Bayati, 33, an Iraqi correspondent for the London-based, Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat, was arrested by Iraqi forces around noon when she went to collect her previously confiscated personal computer from local authorities, according to CPJ sources.
Al-Bayati appeared before a judge in Tikrit, about 180 kilometers (112 miles) north of Baghdad, and remanded to a women’s prison in the city, her sister told CPJ. It was not immediately clear whether she had been formally charged.
Al-Bayati had been jailed for three days earlier this month before being released by local authorities, according to news reports and CPJ sources. Iraqi forces raided al-Bayati’s house in al-Zuhour neighborhood of Tikrit early on September 11, arresting her and seizing her personal computer, notes, and articles, those sources said. Al-Hayat quoted al-Bayati at the time as saying that security authorities investigated her for possible ties to insurgents but found no link. Her brother Najad was also arrested at the time; his status could not be immediately determined.
Al-Bayati had been working on an article for the Saudi-owned Al-Hayat about insurgents in Saleheddin province when she was first detained by security forces, according to CPJ sources. Her prior reporting had been critical of security forces in Tikrit.
“We are troubled that Kalshan al-Bayati has been detained twice in a month,” CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said. “We call on Iraqi authorities to make public the evidence against al-Bayati immediately or release her at once.”
Kurdish military forces detain journalist in Iraqi Kurdistan
July 29, 2019 1:15 PM ET
Beirut, July 29, 2019 -- Kurdish Peshmerga forces should immediately disclose any charges against journalist Zuber Bradosti or else release him from custody, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today....
Armed men raid offices of Iraqi broadcaster and newspaper following corruption investigation
July 2, 2019 11:50 AM ET
Beirut, July 2, 2019 -- Iraqi authorities should investigate the armed raid against the Baghdad offices of Al-Journal and 7C TV and determine if the perpetrators were acting on behalf of a member of parliament, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....
Journalist detained for weeks in Iraqi Kurdistan, accused of anti-state acts
February 21, 2019 11:32 AM ET
Beirut, February 21, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the prolonged detention without charge of freelance journalist Sherwan Amin Sherwani by Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq and called for his immediate release....
Security forces detain TV crews and shut down broadcaster's office in Iraqi Kurdistan
January 28, 2019 11:21 AM ET
Beirut, January 28, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the closure by Kurdish security forces of the Iraqi independent broadcaster NRT's office in Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan, and urged the Kurdish regional government to immediately allow NRT to resume its work....
Syrian military intelligence arrests Syrian Kurdish journalist at checkpoint
September 5, 2018 3:45 PM ET
Beirut, September 5, 2018 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Syrian authorities to immediately release Omar Kalo, a news anchor for the Iraqi Kurdish satellite news broadcaster Rudaw....