Iraqi Authorities Fail to Protect Journalists

Ajaili added that journalists in Iraq, with the help of some Arab and Turkish reporters, made contacts to pressure the Turkish government to allow the remains to pass through the border. He also said that two days after Jumaili's death, the Iraqi government said it would cover all the expenses resulting from transferring the journalist’s remains. Ajaili described this as a good move, even if it came late.

Moreover, Jumaili said that unlike the phenomenon of kidnapping Iraqi and foreign journalists who were held for ransom — which became very common after 2003 in Iraq — killing journalists has become widespread, with revenge operations targeting journalists all over the country.

“What is happening to journalists in the country, especially in the province of Ninevah, comes within the context of a scheme that has been revealed over a year ago, when a hit list including the names of 44 journalists was issued by armed groups,” he said

“It is unfortunate that the Iraqi authorities did not take any steps to protect them. They did not even try to warn them about this plan. What’s more, some of the assassination operations take place under the eyes of the security forces,” Jumaili added.

Ajaili said, “According to our information, the reason behind these operations targeting journalists is that some politicians seek to cover up the crimes of corruption, while armed groups want to eliminate all reporters in Mosul.”

He also said: “Forty journalists have left [Mosul] for fear of reprisal. Most of them settled in Turkey and the Kurdistan Region [of Iraq].”

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