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Journalists attacked in Iraq since 1992

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Journalist Adnan Rashidi tortured, robbed in Iraqi Kurdistan

March 26, 2020 3:00 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2020 -- Authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the torture and robbery of journalist Adnan Rashidi and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iraqi security forces seize journalist’s belongings for allegedly violating COVID-19 curfew

March 26, 2020 1:10 PM ET

On March 24, 2020, Iraqi National Security Forces officers stopped Azad Shakur, a reporter for the Iraqi Kurdish broadcaster Gali Kurdistan, and seized his belongings for allegedly violating a lockdown imposed to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 virus, according to Shakur, who spoke to CPJ in a phone...

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Unknown gunmen abduct Iraqi journalist Tawfiq al-Tamimi in Baghdad

March 17, 2020 2:24 PM ET

New York, March 17, 2020--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the abduction of Iraqi journalist Tawfiq al-Tamimi and urged Iraqi authorities to ensure his safety and to immediately open a transparent investigation and hold those responsible to account....

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AFP photographer Ahmad al-Rubaye shot with pellets while covering protests in Baghdad

March 5, 2020 8:50 AM ET

On February 21, 2020, Iraqi riot police in Baghdad’s Al-Kilani Square shot Ahmad al-Rubaye, an Iraqi photographer for the French news agency Agence France-Presse, with rubber pellets that hit his back, legs, and right shoulder, according to news reports, a statement by the local press freedom group Journalistic Freedoms...

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Al-Rasheed TV CEO Nizar Thanoun shot and killed in Baghdad

February 12, 2020 12:15 PM ET

Beirut, February 12, 2020 -- Iraqi authorities should conduct a swift and transparent investigation into the killing of Al-Rasheed TV chief executive officer Nizar Thanoun and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Dijlah TV broadcaster suspended for 1 month in Jordan, offices raided in Iraq

January 28, 2020 1:15 PM ET

Beirut, January 28, 2020 -- Jordanian authorities should immediately lift the suspension of Dijlah TV and allow the station to broadcast freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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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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