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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, […]

Video: Book Culture Returns to Mosul

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Literary cafes, poetry readings and pavement bookstalls — Mosul’s cultural scene is back in business, months after Iraqi forces ousted the Islamic State group from the city following three years of jihadist rule. View […]

IFJ warns about Media Freedom Violations in Kurdistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has denounced the multiple media freedom violations in the Iraqi Kurdistan region documented in a new report by IFJ affiliate the Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate. The 2017 annual report of media freedom violations, published by the KJS’ Committee for the Defense of Press Freedom & Rights of Journalists, reveals that […]

Authorities Clamp Down on Sectarian Hate Speech

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.  The Iraqi government, headed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, is seeking to penalize people for the hate speech prevalent in Iraqi society by arresting anyone who expresses such ideas or promotes […]

Deaths Of Journalists Undermine History Of Free Speech

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. Deaths Of Journalists In Sulaymaniyah Undermine History Of Free Speech In the mid-1990s, Kurdistan was split politically as Erbil and Sulaymaniyah during the civil war came under the control of […]

Iraqi wins Press Freedom Award

By John Lee. Iraq’s Asaad Zalzali has been awared this year’s Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press in the Audiovisual news reporting category. Born in 1984, he it the general manager of Maraya Media news agency. His seven-minute news report entitled “Project No1” was aired on Deutsche Welle Arabic on 11 January 2017. […]

Iraqi Activists, Journalists Terrorized by Armed Groups

By Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. On May 8, in al-Batawin area in central Baghdad, gunmen stormed into the apartment of civil activists who have been advocating for political reform for two years. The gunmen captured seven activists, mostly students, and […]

No Improvement on Press Freedom in Iraq

By John Lee. Iraq has failed to improve its rating in the World Press Freedom Index for 2017, again ranking 158th out of 180 countries. The result puts Iraq behind countries such as Turkey and Kazakhstan, but ahead of Iran and Libya. First place went to Norway, with North Korea coming last. Reporters Without Borders […]

Iraqi Journalist “Beaten by Party Officials”

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Kurdistan Journalists Union (KJU) have condemned the brutal attack on a journalist by armed militia from the ruling party in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. On 15 January, Iraqi journalist Karwan Haji, working for Afro and Kanky-Lash newspapers, was brutally attacked by armed militia from the […]