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Iraq shuts down Al Jazeera Baghdad Bureau

The Iraqi Communications and Media Commission (CMC) has reportedly shut down the Baghdad bureau of Al Jazeera Media Network and banned its journalists from reporting in the country. According to a report from Al Jazeera, in a letter to the company on Wednesday, the CMC said it was withdrawing the licence that allowed Al Jazeera […]

Concern for Safety of Journalists in Nineveh

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ján Kubiš and UNESCO Representative to Iraq Axel Plathe are deeply concerned about the safety of journalists in Nineveh Governorate. The recent assassination of media workers and the increased acts of intimidation, harassment and violence to which they are exposed, dramatically testify to the […]

Protest Over Media Prizes

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. Rewarding Journalists For Bias? Iraqi Media Protest Over MPs’ Unfair Prize Giving Recently the Iraqi Parliament decided to give out awards to journalists in the press corps in Baghdad. For […]

Iraqi Media Fail: Encouraging Division, Causing War

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. Iraqi Media Fail: Encouraging Sectarian Division, Spreading Rumours, Causing War The way that the Iraqi media have covered the current crisis has left a lot to be desired. Instead of […]

First Journalism Contest for Iraqi Women

The UN Iraq congratulates the three winners of the first edition of its contest for Iraqi women journalists. The stories submitted by Suha Audah, Enas Jabbar and Shatha al-Shabibi were selected by the jury as representing best the challenges faced by Iraqi women in their daily lives. “The selection was difficult since the quality of […]

Tough “Cybercrimes Bill” on Hold in Iraq

By Laith Hammoudi. This article was originally published by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, iwpr.net, and it is reproduced by Iraq Business News with permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A tough new law that could place severe restrictions […]

Spotlight on Iraq as Maliki Threatens Election

The next general election in Iraq is not due until 2014, but Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned on Wednesday that he will call for early elections if the protracted negotiations over power sharing break down. If he could persuade more than half of the parliament to vote themselves out of a job and back on the […]

Syndication Deals Boost for IWPR Reports

Two new syndication deals with Iraqi news agencies have boosted the impact of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) Iraq’s work across the country. Growing republication of IWPR’s acclaimed Iraqi Crisis Reports, ICRs, which editors and readers say provide impartial stories in a media landscape tainted by bias, are further evidence of the […]

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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 […]

$1 Billion Lawsuit over Smuggling Allegations

The Kurdistan Democratic Party has filed a one billion US dollar defamation lawsuit, the largest in Iraqi history, against an opposition newspaper, the Metro Center to Defend Journalists, which represents the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory JFO in Kurdistan region, said on Monday. On July 20, Rozhnama, a newspaper affiliated with the main opposition group Change, published […]

Freedom of Speech in Iraq

The planned second session of the new Iraqi parliament was due to be held on Tuesday, but considering the lack of progress in forming the next government, few were surprised when it was postponed. “We are postponing the session until further notice because the political entities failed to reach any agreement”, said Fuad Massum, who […]