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The latest Iraqi communications news, including developments and opportunities in communications and media from Iraq Business News.

Zain Iraq Performs “Exceptionally Well” in 1H-2018

By John Lee. Zain Iraq performed “exceptionally well” in H1 2018 when compared to H1 2017 with revenues reaching USD 558 million, a 7% increase Y-o-Y and EBITDA reached USD 194 million, up 8% reflecting an EBITDA margin of 35%. According to a statement from the company, the operation reported a net profit of USD […]

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Internet Shuts Down, Fake News Blossoms

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. By Mustafa Habib. Iraqi Internet Shuts Down, Fake News Blossoms During Information Blackout When it came to disinformation, shutting down the Internet to prevent protests in Iraq may have backfired. […]

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Internet Shutdowns Cost Iraq $40m/day

By John Lee. An Iraqi government block on internet access is reportedly costing the country $40 million per day in lost business, sales and opportunities. The estimate is from the COST tool, based on the Brookings Institution economic impact methodology for internet shutdowns, using data collected by the NetBlocks internet shutdown observatory in collaboration with […]

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Internet Cut “to Stop Protesters Posting Images”

By Amnesty International. Internet Cut to Stop Protesters Posting Images of Security Force Attacks Amnesty International has learned that the Iraqi authorities have disabled internet access shortly before the security forces have attacked – and in some cases killed – people protesting over unemployment and inadequate government services across the south of the country. In […]

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ONEm Partners with Asiacell Iraq

UK-based ONEm is partnering with Asiacell to bring unlimited news and entertainment content from Reuters to Iraq. Asiacell subscribers can now exclusively access global news on any mobile device. The #Reuter service provides full coverage of real time news and entertainment content in Arabic delivered by SMS. Users interact with the #Reuter service menu by […]

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IFC arranges $269m Financing for Zain Iraq

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a financing package of $269 million to Zain Iraq, a leading mobile network operator, to help reconstruct the country’s telecom operations and spur economic growth. IFC arranged a $269 million debt package including $100 million from IFC’s own account, and $169 […]

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Iraq to Shut Down Internet to Stop Exam Cheats

By John Lee. The Iraqi government is reportedly temporarily suspend internet connections across the country to stop school pupils cheating during exams. According to media reports, this is the third consecutive year that this will happen. The internet is expected to be blocked for two hours each morning during the two-week exam period. (Sources: Al […]

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Covering Corruption “Exposes Journalists to Arrest”

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the arrests to which two investigative reporters have been subjected in different parts of Iraq in the past few days in connection with their coverage of corruption, and calls for an end to the harassment of these journalists. The latest victim was Mostafa Hamed, a reporter based in Fallujah, […]

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War Correspondents form Committee to fight for Rights

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  A group of war correspondents announced May 20 the formation of an association to defend the rights of war correspondents and journalists. Association leader Mustafa Latif told NRT TV on May 20, […]

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Zain Iraq posts Strong Growth in Q1

By John Lee. Revenues at Zain Iraq reached $275 million in the first quarter of 2018, a 9-percent increase year-on-year. EBITDA reached $96 million, up 12 percent, reflecting an EBITDA margin of 35 percent. The operation reported a net profit of $8 million, substantially up on the $283,000 profit recorded for Q1, 2017. The expansion […]

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Hunting For Troll Farms In Northern Iraq

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In Iraqi Kurdistan, as many as a dozen different Facebook pages, all with hundreds of thousands of followers, coordinate their fake news. And wealthy political candidates are likely paying for […]

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Tracking Down the Iraqis Behind Fake News Epidemic

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Last week, a rumour swept social media in Iraq: The authorities overseeing election campaigning in Iraq had prevented 75 female candidates from running in the election for unethical behaviour. There […]

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