By John Lee.
Reuters‘ bureau chief in Baghdad has left Iraq after he was threatened on Facebook and denounced by a satellite news channel belonging to a Shiite paramilitary group.
Journalist Ned Parker has previously detailed lynching and looting in Tikrit, following the city’s liberation from the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL).
In addition to death threats on Facebook, a program on Al-Ahd, a television station owned by Iranian-backed armed group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, accused the reporter and Reuters of denigrating Iraq and its government-backed forces, and called on viewers to demand Parker be expelled.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s office said that the government “staunchly opposes any bullying [or] intimidation towards the media and any attempts to curb and encumber freedom of speech,” adding that it is committed to developing and supporting a free press.
(Source: Reuters, Office of the Prime Minister)
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