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11 April 2012 | Iraq

IFEX members and partners urge Iraq not to pass overbroad, punitive cyber crimes law

A bill on "information-technology crimes" with particularly broad wording and harsh punishments is due to come before Iraq's parliament this month. More than 40 IFEX members and partners have banded together to try to stop it, at the initiative of ARTICLE 19 and Access Now.
14 September 2011 | Iraq

Al-Mahdi's death big loss for media and activist community; new law fails to protect journalists' rights

Al-Mahdi's death big loss for media and activist community; new law fails to protect journalists' rights Iraqi journalist, filmmaker and playwright Hadi al-Mahdi was well known for his missives to the government, his demands for peace, and more recently, as a leading organiser of Iraq's recent pro-democracy protests. But for his actions he has paid with his life. On 8 September, he was shot dead in his home in Baghdad in an apparently targeted attack to silence him, report Human Rights Watch, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI).
23 February 2011 | Iraq

Journalist killed; security forces attack media, protesters

Journalist killed; security forces attack media, protesters A freelance journalist was gunned down outside his home in Mosul on 17 February, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Elsewhere in Iraq, security forces raided media groups and have been using live ammunition on protesters in some of the most blatant violations of free expression and free assembly, say RSF and Human Rights Watch.
24 November 2010 | Iraq

Fourth journalist killed since U.S. announced troop withdrawal in September

Fourth journalist killed since U.S. announced troop withdrawal in September A young TV reporter was shot dead at his home in the northern city of Mosul this week, the fourth journalist to be killed since the U.S. announced its military withdrawal from Iraq, report Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the International Press institute (IPI), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
6 October 2010 | Iraq

Cameraman killed in targeted bomb explosion

An Iraqi cameraman was killed on Monday - the latest in a series of targeted attacks on journalists over the past few weeks, report Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Tahrir Kadhim Jawad, a cameraman for the Arabic-language service of the U.S. TV channel Al-Hurra, was on his way to work near Jasr al-Korma when a bomb placed under his car exploded in Garma, 50 miles west of Baghdad.
8 September 2010 | Iraq

Two targeted killings of journalists in two days; 230 journalists killed during Iraq War

Two targeted killings of journalists in two days; 230 journalists killed during Iraq War Violence against journalists continues after the formal withdrawal of United States combat troops from Iraq in August. An Iraqi journalist was shot dead this week on his way to Karbala in southern Iraq when gunmen travelling in another car fired at him, report the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The next day, a television journalist was gunned down outside his home in Mosul. RSF has released a survey of media deaths during the US Army's presence in Iraq, "The Iraq War: A Heavy Death Toll for the Media".
1 September 2010 | Iraq

Journalist kidnapped and killed

An Iraqi journalist was found dead on 24 August, six days after he was kidnapped, reports Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the International Press Institute (IPI). Journalist Kamal Qassim Mohamed had been shot. In a separate incident in Baghdad, police stormed the home of a journalist, injuring his family members.
28 July 2010 | Iraq

Media outlet repeatedly attacked; suicide bomb kills four

Media outlet repeatedly attacked; suicide bomb kills four A suicide bomber blew up a vehicle in front of the Arab satellite channel Al-Arabiya in Baghdad on 26 July, report the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The blast killed four of the news channel's support staff and injured several others, leaving a massive crater.
12 May 2010 | Iraq

Young journalist slain; politicians gag journalists in Kurdistan

An independent journalist in Iraqi Kurdistan, who had written critically of a government official, was abducted and killed last week, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the International Press Institute (IPI). Journalists are regularly harassed and threatened as security forces controlled by Kurdish political parties do not hesitate to use violence to stop reporters from covering incidents in the region.
7 April 2010 | Iraq

US military whistleblowers share video of Reuters staff being killed

US military whistleblowers share video of Reuters staff being killed Chilling video footage of the US military killing a dozen Iraqis, including two Reuters staff, was released on 5 April by WikiLeaks, a website that publishes leaked information, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). The disturbing video was taken from a US Apache helicopter, and includes heartless commentary from soldiers as they fire on civilians in a Baghdad neighbourhood.
10 March 2010 | Iraq

Election violence harrowing; scores of journalists assaulted

Election violence harrowing; scores of journalists assaulted As Iraqis went to the polls on 7 March to select 325 members of parliament, Human Rights Watch urged all political groups to make freedom of expression central to their platform to be sure the next government respects press freedom and minority rights. Meanwhile, countless journalists in Iraq Kurdistan faced brutal attacks leading up to and on election-day, because of political rivalry, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
24 February 2010 | Iraq

Journalist kidnapped

An Iraqi reporter was abducted by gunmen in Kirkuk last week, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the International Press Institute (IPI).
22 December 2009 | Iraq

Journalistic Freedoms Observatory honours Iraqis covering corruption

The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) has honoured four Iraqi journalists with its Press Courage Award in order to support freedom of expression.
28 October 2009 | Iraq

Young cameraman killed in bomb blast

Young cameraman killed in bomb blast An Iraqi cameraman was killed in an explosion in front of his home in Kirkuk on 21 October, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
19 August 2009 | Iraq

Journalists stage unprecedented protest against free expression restrictions

Journalists stage unprecedented protest against free expression restrictions In an unprecedented action, hundreds of Iraqi journalists, academics, rights activists and parliamentarians took to Baghdad's streets last week to protest moves by the government to stifle free expression, say Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and the Journalistic Freedom Observatory (JFO), which organised the demonstration.
3 June 2009 | Iraq

Sports journalist killed by car bomb

A reporter with TV station Al-Baghdadia was killed by a car bomb in Mosul, northern Iraq, on 31 May, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Border (RSF).
11 March 2009 | Iraq

TWO JOURNALISTS KILLED IN SUICIDE BOMBING

Two Iraqi journalists were killed and another four media workers were seriously injured by a suicide bomber in the town of Abu Ghraib, near Baghdad, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
15 October 2008 | Iraq

REPORTER GUNNED DOWN

A young Iraqi reporter was shot dead in Kirkuk, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
17 September 2008 | Iraq

FOUR TV CREW MEMBERS ABDUCTED AND SLAIN IN MOSUL

There's a popular reality TV show in Iraq right now that airs only during the month of Ramadan, when devout Muslims fast from dawn until sundown. On "Your Iftar Is On Us", a television crew surprises a poor Iraqi family with food and household goods each night when they break the fast (iftar) during the holy month.
23 July 2008 | Iraq

JOURNALIST SLAIN IN KIRKUK

A journalist who had received threats for his investigative reporting was gunned down outside of his home in Kirkuk in Iraqi Kurdistan, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).


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