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Gunmen open fire on car, kill 2 Dijlah TV journalists at Iraq protest

January 10, 2020 3:16 PM ET

Beirut, January 10, 2020—The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of two journalists working for the Iraqi broadcaster Dijlah TV, and urged Iraqi authorities to immediately open an investigation and hold those responsible to account....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Iraq Safety Advisory

January 7, 2020 5:30 PM ET

In wake of the January 3, 2020, U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, pro-Iranian militias have warned that “all retaliation options are on the table,” as reported by The Independent. According to CPJ research, pro-Iran militias, including those known as...

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One journalist killed, another missing amid protests in Iraq

December 9, 2019 12:50 PM ET

Beirut, December 9, 2019 -- Iraqi authorities should conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the abduction of journalist Zaid Mohammed al-Khafaji, secure his release, and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iraqi security forces shutter Baghdad office of Dijlah TV broadcaster

November 27, 2019 10:13 AM ET

Beirut, November 27, 2019 -- Iraqi authorities should allow Amman-based broadcaster Dijlah TV to reopen, and should cease forcing news outlets off the air for their coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iraq media regulator orders closure of 12 broadcast news outlets

November 25, 2019 3:41 PM ET

Beirut, November 25, 2019 -- Iraq's media regulator should reverse its decision to order the closure of 12 broadcasters over a licensing dispute and should allow media outlets to freely cover protests in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist temporarily abducted, TV office attacked amid protests in Iraq

November 20, 2019 4:38 PM ET

Beirut, November 20, 2019 -- Iraqi authorities should conduct swift and transparent investigations into the temporary abduction of journalist Mohammad Qahtan al-Shamari and the attack on the Al-Arabi TV offices in Baghdad, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Assyrian journalist detained in Iraq for 13 days after reporting trip to Syria

November 13, 2019 2:54 PM ET

Kurdish Asayish security forces detained William Bnyameen Adam, an Assyrian journalist, for 13 days after the contributor to the California-based broadcaster Assyrian National Broadcasting (ANB) returned from a two-week assignment in northern Syria, the journalist told CPJ. The journalist said that security forces confiscated his equipment, beat him, and...

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Journalists injured and detained, broadcasters banned as protests resume in Iraq

October 29, 2019 11:20 AM ET

Beirut, October 29, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned recent attacks on journalists and media outlets in Iraq, and urged authorities to ensure that journalists can cover the ongoing protests in the country safely and without obstruction....

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Getting Away with Murder

October 29, 2019 8:00 AM ET

CPJ's 2019 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and their killers go free Published October 29, 2019 Somalia is the world’s worst country for the fifth year in a row when it comes to prosecuting murderers of journalists, CPJ’s 2019 Global Impunity Index found. War and...

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Unidentified gunmen detain Iraqi blogger Shojaa al-Khafaji

October 17, 2019 3:55 PM ET

Beirut, October 17, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Iraqi authorities to disclose whether they have custody of Iraqi blogger Shojaa Fares al-Khafaji and if not, to immediately open an investigation after unidentified armed men took him from his home....

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