Iraq / 2008

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Reporter reflects as Iraq named deadliest for journalists

December 19, 2008 10:14 AM ET

It has been 14 months since my colleague at The Washington Post Salih Saif Aldin was shot and killed. Time flew by fast and the path for journalists in Iraq is yet to be safe. Shootings, kidnappings, and murder in cold blood have not stopped in my war-torn country....

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Defending al-Zaidi, but not journalists at home

December 18, 2008 5:26 PM ET

The now infamous incident of Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi throwing his shoes at President George Bush became primetime news throughout the world. In the Middle East it has been shown on television almost endlessly....

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Iraqi journalist who threw shoes is detained

December 16, 2008 2:53 PM ET

During a press conference in Baghdad on Sunday, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi called President George Bush a dog as he hurled his shoes at him. Though he missed his target, al-Zaidi was immediately tackled to the ground and restrained by plainclothes security personnel....

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Freed in Iraq, an editor offers thanks

November 26, 2008 11:14 AM ET

Shwan Dawdi, editor-in-chief of the Kirkuk-based newspaper Hawal, sent a letter thanking CPJ for its help in overturning his conviction and one-month prison term. "I would like to express ... my thanks and gratitude for your noble and courageous position to defend the freedom of the press and journalists," Dawdi...

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With help, cameraman on journey to recovery

October 27, 2008 4:39 PM ET

Nearly three years after gunman affiliated with al-Qaeda left him for dead on a Baghdad street, Iraqi state television cameraman Jehad Ali arrived in the United States for medical treatment to help rebuild his bullet-shattered right leg....

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Press Freedom Awardees draw attention

September 17, 2008 1:07 PM ET

We announced the 2008 International Press Freedom Award recipients on Tuesday, and the news has been well-received worldwide. Bilal Hussein of Iraq, Danish Karokhel and Farida Nekzad of Afghanistan, Andrew Mwenda of Uganda, and Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez of Cuba will all be honored by CPJ on November 25 for their courageous...

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Journalists under increasing threat in Iraqi Kurdistan

August 27, 2008 10:30 AM ET

Reuters has an in-depth story today on the increasingly dangerous reporting environment in Iraqi Kurdistan. Part of the problem, the article reports a local editor as saying, is that "the government thinks that journalists are the opposition." Killings, threats, and attacks against journalists are on the rise, with about 60...

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