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Proposed Laws in Iraq “Threaten Online Speech”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), has issued the following statement regarding proposed new law on “information technology crimes”. (Please click here to download an English translation of the bill by the Centre for Law and Democracy): More than a year after the start of the “Arab Spring,” large portions of the Middle East remain in […]

Is Iraqi Media Law a Step Forward?

Iraq’s new media law, the product of several years of debate, is supposed to protect journalists, but it has been the subject of much controversy. Hazim al-Sharaa, an IWPR editor in Iraq, looks at why some fear the legislation will restrict rather than enhance freedom of speech. Can you describe the new media law? This […]

Iraq’s Journalist Protection Law Needs to be Reviewed

By the Centre for Law and Democracy. A Journalist Protection Law, prepared by the Iraqi Syndicate of Journalists and endorsed by the government of Iraq, has been laid before the Iraqi Parliament for its consideration. A Note on the draft Law prepared by CLD highlights the important protections for journalists included in the draft Law. […]

Press ‘Under Attack’ in Iraq

The head of the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) in Iraq has condemned the violence that federal security forces inflicted upon a number of journalists covering the public demonstrations across the country on Friday, according to a report from AKnews. Hadi Jallo Merei told the news agency that a large number of journalists were physically attacked […]

Press in Baghdad ‘Less Free Than in Kabul’

An independent Spanish journalist said on Monday that there is greater press freedom in the Afghan capital Kabul than in the Iraqi capital, after experiencing first-hand the ongoing restrictions imposed on journalists and their movements in Baghdad. AKnews reports that on his fifth visit to Iraq, Carlos Zorotoza complained that his camera was confiscated by […]

Between Freedom and Abuses: The Media Paradox in Iraqi Kurdistan

From Reporters Sans Frontieres: The press freedom situation is better in Iraqi Kurdistan than it is in neighboring regions, and with 850 media outlets officially registered and 5,000 journalists, has considerably improved over the last decade. Yet the number of attacks against journalists has also grown steadily over the last two years. Police and security […]

Media Training Centers on Rise in Iraq

Educational centers teaching journalism and media studies in Iraq have increased dramatically since 2003, which observers find promising in the country’s opening. After the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003, under which independent journalism was strictly censored, many independent media centers opened in Iraq, the majority of which are based in Kurdistan Region due […]