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Iraq Seeks Fourth Mobile Telecom Provider

By John Lee. Iraq has invited interested companies to submit proposals to run a fourth mobile phone service in the country. The state-run Communication and Media Commission (CMC) said the planned license will run for 15 years, with the possibility of renewal. Interested companies have until 20th November to submit papers. Iraq’s existing three mobile […]

Calls to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

“We urge the Iraqi authorities to take all necessary measures – through developing legislation, capacity building and adequate resources – to ensure that investigations and trials relating to crime against journalists in Iraq are undertaken”, declared UNESCO Representative to Iraq Axel Plathe (pictured), Human Rights Commissioner Athmar al Shatry and Iraqi Journalists Syndicate President Moaid […]

Al-Abadi meets Iran’s Minister of Communications

By John Lee. The Iraqi Prime Minister Dr. Haider Al-Abadi received Iran‘s Minister of Communications, Mr. Mahmoud Vaezi, and his accompanying delegation at his office on Wednesday. During the meeting they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and cooperation in the field of communications and ways to strengthen it, in addition to the general […]

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Asiacell Reactivating Parts of its Network

By John Lee. In its 3Q statement to the markets, Asiacell‘s owner Ooredoo has said that its overall financial performance was impacted by the security situation in Iraq. Asiacell recorded improved revenue, EBITDA, and Net Profit in Q3 2015 compared to Q2 2015. Asiacell’s total customer base stood at 10.6 million at the end of […]

New Sales Tax Weighs on Zain Iraq

By John Lee. In a statement to the markets covering the first nine months of the year, Zain Group said that the implementation of a new 20 percent sales tax on mobile servicesin Iraq, as well as wide-ranging tax increases on other sectors in the country, that commenced 1 August 2015, have hit spending on […]

Video: Journalists Persevere under Threat in Iraq

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq has long had the poorest record in the world for failing to prosecute the killers of journalists. A recent report says it’s not the worst offender any more – but it’s still […]

IWPR’s Jacky Sutton “Acted Alone”

At the request of the family of Jacqueline Sutton, the Institute for War & Peace Reporting and the family release the following joint statement: Jacqueline (Jacky) Sutton, IWPR’s acting Iraq country director, was found dead at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport overnight on October 17-18. She had flown from London to take an onward flight to her base […]

IWPR Director found Dead

By John Lee. The newly-appointed Iraq Director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) has been found dead in suspicious circumstances at an Istanbul airport. Local media reported that British woman Jacky Sutton, aged 50, had missed a connecting flight to Erbil, didn’t have enough money to purchase a replacement ticket, and was found […]

Getting Away With Murder

For the first time since the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) compiled the Impunity Index, Iraq is not ranked as the worldwide worst offender, as Somalia edged into that spot. Iraq’s numbers of unsolved murders remain staggering — 84 journalists have been slain with complete impunity over the last decade, far more than any other […]

AT&T Expands Operations in Iraq

AT&T has opened a new affiliate office in “Energy City” in Basra to serve multi-national companies in Iraq, particularly those in the energy sector. Dan Walsh (pictured), AT&T’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Energy Business Solutions, said: “It’s not every day we open up a new country for AT&T. Our data services are available […]

PR Firm to support Iraqi Sunni Community

By John Lee. Washington DC-based communications consultancy Glover Park Group has reported that it has been engaged to work in the United States on behalf of the Iraqi Sunni community. In a statement made pursuant to the US’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), Managing Director Joel Johnson (pictured) said that the company is acting on […]

KRG Moves to Outlaw Porn

By John Lee. According to a report from BasNews, members of the Kurdistan Region parliament have put forward a draft law blocking pornographic websites in Iraqi Kurdistan. MP Bahzad Darwesh from the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) told the publication that 27 MPs signed a draft law on 20th September, proposing the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) […]