Oday Hatem/ CPJ Guest Blogger

Oday Hatem is an Iraqi journalist and press freedom advocate. He cofounded the Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq in 2006 and was elected its president twice. He resigned and fled to France in 2014. He is a recipient of the 2009 French Medal for Freedom of Expression.

Students light candles at the edge of the Tigris to mark a June 2014 massacre of army cadets by Islamic State. As the militants are pushed out of Iraq, the toll of destruction on Iraqis, including journalists, is only just coming to light. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

In Iraq, Islamic State exacts heavy toll on journalists and their families

The militant group Islamic State swept through Iraq last summer, taking over city after city and leaving a wave of destruction of a scale only just being discovered. Even now it is difficult to understand how much damage was inflicted, including on the Iraqi journalist community, where rumors of missing or killed journalists are swirling…

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