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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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Iraq's Al-Anbar Governor orders TV station to close

December 18, 2017 4:00 PM ET

Beirut, December 18, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Iraqi regional authorities to reverse their decision to close the independent TV satellite channel Al-Sharqiya's Al-Anbar offices, and allow the channel to operate freely in the area....

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Record number of journalists jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt pay scant price for repression

December 13, 2017 12:00 AM ET

For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world’s worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom. A CPJ special report by Elana...

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CPJ calls on Iraqi authorities to release journalist Samir Obeid

November 9, 2017 2:45 PM ET

Beirut, November 9, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Iraqi authorities to release freelance journalist and political commentator Samir Obeid immediately....

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Getting Away with Murder

October 31, 2017 8:00 AM ET

CPJ's 2017 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free...

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