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Press freedom on ‘brink of extinction’ in Iraqi Kurdistan, journalists say

September 9, 2019 11:19 AM ET

“Ever since I started working as a journalist nine years ago, I have been under constant pressure from my family, my tribe, and my community to give up journalism. Friends have been asked by security forces to sever ties with me,” said freelance journalist Guhdar Zebari, when he met...

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In Iraqi Kurdistan, journalists are victim of political tension

March 21, 2019 4:30 PM ET

Mission journal: Journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan are under pressure from authorities in the autonomous northern Iraqi region, with news outlets shuttered and critical reporters arrested. With government formation talks underway, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa representative Ignacio Miguel Delgado travels to Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Duhok to hear from...

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Iraqi militias use threats, violence to keep Basra press in line

February 19, 2019 1:43 PM ET

"You work against us. In your work, you criticize militias. We watched your videos and you talk against us. You will pay the price for it," an anonymous voice said on the other end of the line to freelance reporter Azhar Al-Rubaie....

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Islamic State recedes but threats to journalists in Iraq and Syria remain

December 21, 2017 12:00 AM ET

After three years of fighting in Iraq and Syria, the militant group Islamic State has been forced out of large swathes of territory. But local journalists and press freedom groups with whom CPJ spoke said that the defeat of Islamic State doesn't necessarily mean that journalists will be any...

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For Mosul journalists, no work or safety in post-Islamic State Iraq

June 1, 2017 5:41 PM ET

For nearly three years, Mosul journalist Mohammad Talal al-Nuaimi lived in constant fear of being discovered and killed. The seizure of Mosul by the militant group Islamic State, or IS, in early June 2014 and the subsequent targeting of local journalists had forced him into hiding. He was unable...

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Infographic: Islamic State's assault on the press

June 8, 2016 9:55 AM ET

When Mosul fell to Islamic State on June, 10, 2014, it sparked one of the biggest attacks on press freedom in recent times. Newspapers were shuttered, TV channels were ransacked, radio stations disappeared from the airwaves, and dozens of journalists vanished. Within days, the militants had a monopoly on information...

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Global Magnitsky Act could be powerful weapon against impunity in journalist murders

May 24, 2016 1:41 PM ET

Last week, the proposed Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act emerged from the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee with approval. The bill was passed by the Senate last year. If passed by the full House of Representatives and signed into law by the president, it has the potential to...

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From Charlie Hebdo in Paris to bloggers in Bangladesh, extremists target press

January 4, 2016 3:00 PM ET

Thursday marks one year since two gunmen burst into the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and opened fire. Over the following year, CPJ documented the deaths of 28 journalists who were killed for their work by Islamic militant groups such as Islamic State and Al-Qaeda. This StoryMap charts...

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Chasing ghosts: Tracking Iraq's missing journalists in Islamic State stranglehold of Mosul

October 22, 2015 3:24 PM ET

Amar hasn't left his house in five days. Every evening he fears a knock on the door will bring militants who have been searching for him. He hasn't earned a salary in more than a year and relies on a few trusted neighbors to bring him food....

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

April 13, 2015 3:41 PM ET

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...

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