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Iraq Falls Further in Human Freedom Index

By John Lee. Iraq has been ranked in 157th place out of 165 countries in the latest Human Freedom Index (HFI). Produced by the Fraser Institute and the Cato Institute, the index presents a broad measure of human freedom, understood as the absence of coercive constraint. This eighth annual index uses 83 distinct indicators of […]

Iraq Freedom of Expression "Significantly Restricted"

By John Lee. Iraq has been ranked in the eighth category (out of ten) in a major new global ranking index tracking the state of free expression. The Index Index, developed by Index on Censorship and experts in machine learning and journalism at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), uses innovative machine learning techniques to map […]

Iraq: Activist Imprisoned for Peaceful Criticism of Security Forces

From Human Rights Watch (HRW). Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq: Activist Imprisoned for Peaceful Criticism of Security Forces A criminal court in Baghdad sentenced an activist to three years in prison on December 5, 2022, for alleged criticism of the […]

Iraqi Journalists Targeted while Covering Protests - RSF

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Iraqi authorities and public to avoid trampling on journalistic freedoms after reporters were targeted while trying to cover the storming of the Iraqi parliament by supporters of Iraq's biggest opposition movement. "In times of political instability and social unrest, the media should not be targeted or become the […]

Iraqi Photojournalist sentenced to 7 Years Prison in "Secret Trial"

In response to the sentencing of Iraqi Kurdish photojournalist Qaraman Shukri to seven years in prison in a secret trial, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) issued the following statement: "Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq are making an appalling habit of sentencing journalists to prison without any regard for due process and for the rights […]

Iraqi Kurdistan "Discards Idea of Democracy"

Iraqi Kurdistan's Authoritarian Turn: Western ally 'Discards idea of Democracy' Writing in the Financial Times, Chloe Cornish says the arrest and conviction of journalists and activists In Iraqi Kurdistan has revived concerns over a government dominated by two clans, the Barzanis and the Talabanis. Click here to read the full article (subscription required)

KRI Court upholds Jail Terms for Journalists

In response to the Erbil Court of Cassation's recent decision to uphold the six-year jail sentences of Iraqi Kurdish journalists Sherwan Amin Sherwani and Guhdar Zebari, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) issued the following statement: "With the Erbil Court of Cassation's decision to uphold the six-year jail sentences of journalists Sherwan Amin Sherwani and […]

Iraqi Kurdish Court Sentences Journalists to Jail

In response to [Tuesday's] sentencing of Iraqi Kurdish freelance journalists Sherwan Amin Sherwani and Guhdar Zebari to six years each in jail, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has issued the following statement: "Today's sentencing of journalists Sherwan Amin Sherwani and Guhdar Zebari is not only unfair and disproportionate, but it also proves that the […]