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Journalists attacked in Iraq since 1992

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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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Unidentified assailants raid 4 broadcasters in Baghdad, assault staffers

October 7, 2019 2:20 PM ET

Beirut, October 7, 2019 -- Iraqi authorities should immediately investigate the recent attacks against four broadcasters in Baghdad and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iraqi authorities obstruct journalists, cut internet access amid protests

October 4, 2019 8:55 AM ET

Beirut, October 4, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned restrictions on news coverage of protests in Iraq and called on authorities to unblock news and social media websites throughout the country and let the press operate freely....

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Spanish reporter Ferran Barber detained for weeks without charge, deported from Iraqi Kurdistan

September 10, 2019 2:40 PM ET

Beirut, September 10, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned Iraqi Kurdistan authorities’ detention and deportation of Spanish freelance journalist Ferran Barber and urged the authorities to allow local and foreign journalists to do their jobs freely....

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Journalist detained in Iraqi Kurdistan without charge since August 21

September 10, 2019 1:14 PM ET

On August 21, 2019, in Topzawa, Iraqi Kurdistan, Asayish security forces affiliated with the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) arrested Roj News journalist Bryar Muhamad Mustafa, according to a report by his employer and a statement by the Metro Center for Journalists’ Rights and Advocacy, a local press freedom...

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Press freedom on ‘brink of extinction’ in Iraqi Kurdistan, journalists say

September 9, 2019 11:19 AM ET

“Ever since I started working as a journalist nine years ago, I have been under constant pressure from my family, my tribe, and my community to give up journalism. Friends have been asked by security forces to sever ties with me,” said freelance journalist Guhdar Zebari, when he met...

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Iraq suspends U.S.-funded broadcaster Al-Hurrah over corruption report

September 3, 2019 3:26 PM ET

Beirut, September 3, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Iraqi Communications and Media Committee to reverse its three-month suspension of the U.S. government-funded Iraqi broadcaster Al-Hurra....

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Basra police raids home, seeks arrest of Iraqi reporter Hassan Sabah

August 16, 2019 1:13 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the issuing of an arrest warrant and a raid on the home of Hassan Sabah, a reporter for the Iraqi news broadcaster INEWS, in Basra, and called on Iraqi authorities to allow journalists to work freely and without...

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Kurdish military forces detain journalist in Iraqi Kurdistan

July 29, 2019 1:15 PM ET

Beirut, July 29, 2019 -- Kurdish Peshmerga forces should immediately disclose any charges against journalist Zuber Bradosti or else release him from custody, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today....

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Iraqi reporter assaulted while covering protest in Basra

July 25, 2019 3:30 PM ET

On July 19, 2019, in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, a group of protesters assaulted Ayman al-Sheikh, a correspondent for the private Iraqi broadcaster Al-Sharqiyya, according to news reports and local press freedom group Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq....

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