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In Iraq, Islamic State exacts heavy toll on journalists and their families

The following is a CPJ blog post by Oday Hatem/ CPJ Guest Blogger published on 13 April 2015.

The militant group Islamic State swept through Iraq last summer, taking over city after city and leaving a wave of destruction of a scale only just being discovered. Even now it is difficult to understand how much damage was inflicted, including on the Iraqi journalist community, where rumors of missing or killed journalists are swirling and their families are afraid to speak out.

I had to flee Iraq for fear of my life last spring. But over the past few weeks, I conducted dozens of interviews with Iraqi journalists who worked inside the country, families of kidnapped journalists, and local human rights groups to better understand how much harm Islamic State wreaked on my colleagues still in the country.

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