Iraq / Middle East & North Africa

Journalists attacked in Iraq since 1992

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Protesters storm Baghdad office of Saudi broadcaster MBC

May 19, 2020 11:00 AM ET

New York, May 19, 2020 -- Iraq authorities should conduct a transparent and speedy investigation into the ransacking of the Baghdad office of the Saudi broadcaster MBC and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Security forces in Iraqi Kurdistan detain 8 journalists in Duhok covering protest; charge 4

May 18, 2020 4:32 PM ET

New York, May 18, 2020 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the detention of at least eight Kurdish Iraqi journalists covering a protest in Duhok on May 16 and called on the authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan to drop all charges pending against four of them....

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Journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan tell CPJ of obstruction and opportunities covering COVID-19

May 18, 2020 11:40 AM ET

On May 10, Saman Barzinji, the health minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan regional government, announced that the COVID-19 pandemic no longer posed a threat to the region, and that the area would gradually reopen, according to news reports....

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Iraqi reporter Ali al-Haj threatened over reporting

April 23, 2020 10:00 AM ET

On April 16, 2020, a person who described themselves as the Sheikh of the Al-Mayah tribe texted Ali al-Haj, a reporter for the Iraqi broadcaster Al-Sharqiyya in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf, demanding he stop his reporting and threatened him, according to al-Haj, who spoke with CPJ via...

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Kurdish Iraqi journalist receives anonymous threats over coverage

April 14, 2020 10:45 AM ET

Since March 19, 2020, unidentified individuals have threatened Kurdish Iraqi freelance journalist Amanj Warte, who contributes to the broadcaster KNN and the news website Sbeiy, after he published an article in Sbeiy on March 18 about alleged plans for a Turkish military outpost in Kurdish Iraqi territory, according to...

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Iraqi Kurdish authorities call for closure of NRT broadcaster over COVID-19 report

April 8, 2020 4:40 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2020 -- Authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan should allow the NRT broadcaster to cover the COVID-19 pandemic freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iraqi security forces beat journalist Mohamed Kader al-Samarrai at COVID-19 checkpoint

April 7, 2020 10:15 AM ET

On March 31, 2020, two officers of the Iraqi Police Sixth Emergency Regiment assaulted Mohamed Kader al-Samarrai, director of the local broadcaster Al-Maliyah TV, after stopping him at a checkpoint to enforce the country’s COVID-19 curfew, according to a Facebook post by al-Samarrai and reports by the National Union...

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Iraqi regulator suspends Reuters’ license for 3 months over COVID-19 report

April 3, 2020 10:25 AM ET

New York, April 3, 2020 -- Iraqi authorities should immediately reinstate the license of the Reuters news agency, and allow all media outlets to cover the COVID-19 pandemic freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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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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