Iraq / Middle East & North Africa

Journalists attacked in Iraq since 1992

  

Iraqi Asayish forces obstruct 2 media crews covering Erbil protest

On April 26, 2022, forces with the Asayish intelligence agency harassed and obstructed two news crews covering a protest at a U.N. office in the northern Iraqi-Kurdish city of Erbil, according to news reports and journalists who spoke with CPJ. Protesters gathered at the U.N. building to demonstrate against Turkish military operations in the region,…

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Slovenian reporter Matej Kavčič arrested by Iraqi military

Beirut, April 27, 2022 – Iraqi authorities must immediately release journalist Matej Kavčič and ensure the foreign press can cover the country freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On April 20, soldiers with the Iraqi 20th Infantry Division arrested Kavčič, a Slovenian freelance reporter, at an army checkpoint in the northern city of…

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Iraqi Kurdish journalist Omed Baroshky: Press freedom ‘an illusion’ in the region

Freelance journalist Omed Baroshky spent 18 months in jail over social media posts that were critical of the authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan. One of four Iraqi Kurdish reporters listed in CPJ’s 2021 prison census, his incarceration marked yet another low point for a region that has seen a sharp deterioration in the environment for the…

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Iraqi TV show ‘With Mulla Talal’ suspended for criticizing the army

Beirut, April 6, 2022 – Iraqi authorities must drop their suspension of the “With Mulla Talal” talk show and allow the UTV network to air its programming freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. During a broadcast of “With Mulla Talal” on Monday, April 4, presenter Ahmad Mulla Talal and Iraqi actor Ayad al-Tayee,…

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Iraqi police arrest Al-Ahd TV reporter Hamid Majed after luring him to police station

New York, December 2, 2021 — Iraqi authorities must immediately release Al-Ahd TV reporter Hamid Majed and allow journalists to work freely and without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On December 1, Colonel Tareq Imad, director of the Anbar Crime Directorate in the central Iraqi city of Habbaniyah, phoned Majed,…

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Iraqi Kurdish security forces raid, close office of news website Gav News in Duhok

New York, November 16, 2021 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the raid and closure by Iraqi Kurdish security forces of the Duhok office of the news website Gav News and called on Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq to allow the staff to return to its office and ensure that members of the…

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Killers of journalists still get away with murder

No one has been held to account in 81% of journalist murders during the last 10 years, CPJ’s 2021 Global Impunity Index has found. By Jennifer Dunham/CPJ Deputy Editorial Director Published October 28, 2021 Somalia remains the world’s worst country for unsolved killings of journalists, according to CPJ’s annual Global Impunity Index, which spotlights countries…

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Iraqi Kurdish court extends journalist Omed Baroshky’s prison sentence by 1 year

New York, September 23, 2021 — In response to an Erbil court’s ruling today to extend the imprisonment of Iraqi Kurdish journalist Omed Baroshky by one year, the Committee to Protect Journalists has called on authorities drop the charges against him and end harassment of reporters. “Today’s sentencing of freelance journalist Omed Baroshky to an…

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Iraqi Kurdish security forces raid office of broadcaster iPLUS amid dispute in ruling party

New York, July 14, 2021 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the raid by Iraqi Kurdish security forces of new local broadcaster iPLUS and called on Iraqi Kurdish authorities to allow iPLUS to resume its work immediately and ensure that members of the press are able to work freely and without fear of…

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Iraqi freelance journalist Ali al-Mikdam abducted, found beaten

New York, July 13, 2021 — Iraqi authorities should thoroughly and transparently investigate the abduction of freelance journalist Ali al-Mikdam and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On the afternoon of July 9, unidentified people abducted al-Mikdam, a freelance reporter and activist, after he accepted an invitation to meet…

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