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Getting Away with Murder

October 29, 2018 11:00 AM ET

CPJ's 2018 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and their killers go free By Elisabeth Witchel, CPJ Impunity Campaign Consultant Impunity is entrenched in 14 nations, according to CPJ's 2018 Global Impunity Index, which ranks states with the worst records of prosecuting the killers of journalists....

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Iraqi authorities shut down internet, detain and assault journalists amid protests

September 14, 2018 10:57 AM ET

Between July 14 and September 6, 2018, at least seven Iraqi journalists were assaulted or detained while covering protests over government corruption and the lack of basic services in several cities across Iraq, and the offices of two local media outlets were set on fire, according to news reports,...

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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....

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Iraqi security forces harass local reporter

June 1, 2018 5:42 PM ET

Beirut, June 1, 2018--Iraqi authorities should stop harassing Hossam al-Kaabi, an Iraqi correspondent for the Sulaymaniyah-based independent broadcaster NRT Arabic, and allow him to work without fear of government retaliation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Security in Iraqi Kurdistan (KRG)

April 4, 2018 11:35 AM ET

At least 15 journalists were assaulted and seven detained while covering widespread protests across Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq between March 25 and March 27, according to CPJ research and local press freedom and human rights groups. The wave of detentions and assaults has sparked fear among local journalists and press...

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TV crews assaulted, detained covering protests in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq

March 26, 2018 4:05 PM ET

Beirut, March 26, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Kurdistan Regional Government to investigate immediately attacks against local journalists covering regional protests....

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Iraqi authorities arrest Samir Obeid at Baghdad checkpoint

February 6, 2018 4:15 PM ET

Beirut, February 6, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the arrest of Iraqi freelance journalist and political commentator Samir Obeid and called on Iraqi authorities to release him immediately....

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Dijlah TV: Unknown assailants set fire to Baghdad bureau

January 10, 2018 1:10 PM ET

The satellite news channel Dijlah TV said in a report that unknown assailants set fire to its Baghdad bureau, located in the Al-Rusafa neighborhood, on the afternoon of January 2, 2018. No one was injured in the blaze, according to the report....

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In absence of fresh military conflict, journalist killings decline again

December 21, 2017 12:00 AM ET

At least 42 journalists were killed in the line of duty in 2017, representing the second consecutive decline from record highs early this decade. Fewer journalists died covering Middle East conflicts and the number of journalists murdered in reprisal for reporting eased, except in Mexico. A CPJ special report...

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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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