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RSF Condemns Arrests of Journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan

Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a wave of press freedom violations in northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Region, where at least 10 journalists have been arrested while covering peaceful protests during the past week, one has been placed in pre-trial detention and a regional TV channel, […]

Nokia Wins Contract with Asiacell in Iraq

By John Lee. Finland's Nokia has announced that Asiacell Telecom has chosen the company to provide nationwide network optimization for two years starting January 2021. According to a press release: "This partnership will leverage Nokia's global capabilities in network planning and optimization technology to boost Asiacell's competitive edge and transform its operational platforms for the […]

Nokia selected for ITPC Network in Iraq

Nokia to deploy internet gateway for ITPC network in Iraq Finland's Nokia has announced that its IP routing technology has been selected for Informatics and Telecommunications Public Company (ITPC) - one of the companies of Iraq's Ministry of Communication (MoC) - to serve as the main backbone of the country's internet infrastructure. The deployment aims […]

HRW: Scrap Bill to Restrict Free Speech

Iraqi lawmakers are considering a draft law on information technology crimes that could be used to stifle free expression, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said this week. It says the bill includes vague provisions that will allow Iraqi authorities to harshly punish expression they decide constitutes a threat to governmental, social, or religious interests. More here. […]

Management Buyout at Intellect Code

By John Lee. Erbil-based Intellect Code, which specialises in advertising, marketing and market research, has announced the acquisition of 100 percent of the company's shares by Ahmed Gorani, who is the current CEO of the company. A statement from the company said that Mr Gorani bought the shareholdings of his partners Mohamed Emad and Waleed […]

"Impressive Performance" for Zain Iraq

By John Lee. Zain Iraq's 9M 2020 revenue reached USD 708 million and EBITDA amounted to USD 285 million, reflecting EBITDA margin of 40%, according to the company's results statement for the first nine months of the year. The operation reported a net profit of USD 61 million for 9M 2020. The operator served 15.7 […]

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Coronavirus Hits Asiacell Revenue

By John Lee. Mobile phone service Asiacell has reported a sharp drop in revenue as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. In its results for the nine-month period ended 30 September 2020, parent company Ooredoo said: "Asiacell's performance for the first nine months of 2020 was impacted by movement restrictions across Iraq due to […]

Orange launches Proceedings against Iraqi Govt

By John Lee. French telecoms company Orange Group has reportedly launched legal proceedings against the Iraqi government with the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), part of the World Bank, for more than $400m that it alleges was expropriated by the country's regulator. The case relates to the company's investment in Korek, the […]

Iraqi Kurdish Police Arrest Journalist for "Defamation"

From the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ): Iraqi Kurdish police arrest journalist Bahroz Jaafer over criminal defamation suit filed by Iraq's president Kurdish authorities in Iraq should immediately release journalist Bahroz Jaafer, drop all charges against him, and allow the press to cover and write critically about politicians without fear of detention or legal action, […]

US Seizes Militia-Affiliated News Websites

By John Lee. The United States has seized control of two Iraqi news websites, which it says were unlawfully utilized by Kata'ib Hizballah, a Specially Designated National and a Foreign Terrorist Organization. In a statement, the US Department of Justice said: The United States has seized "Aletejahtv.com" and "Aletejahtv.org," two websites, which were unlawfully utilized […]

Arrest Warrant for owner of Iraqi Broadcaster

Baghdad court issues arrest warrant for owner of Iraqi broadcaster Dijlah TV Iraqi authorities should immediately drop the arrest warrant for Jamal Karbouli, the Iraqi owner of Amman-based Dijlah TV, and allow Dijlah TV to operate freely and without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Tuesday. Dijlah TV has an […]