Tag Archives | press freedom

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

Iraqi Kurdish authorities shutter NRT offices

Iraqi Kurdish authorities should cease harassing broadcaster NRT, release journalist Ahmed Zakhoy without charge, and allow the outlet to report freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Yesterday, agents of the Asayish intelligence agency, affiliated with the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party, raided NRT's office in the western city of Duhok, according to a […]

Iraq: Urgent Need for Free Speech Protection

By John Lee. A spike in violations of the right to free expression during widespread protests at the end of the former government's term in office and during the Covid-19 pandemic underscores the need for Iraq's new government to reform its laws, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Monday. Iraqi authorities, […]

Iraq Falls in World Press Freedom Index

By John Lee. Iraq has fallen in the World Press Freedom Index for 2020, ranking 162nd out of 180 countries, down six place on last year. The result puts Iraq behind countries such as Turkey and Sudan, but ahead of Iran and Libya. First place went to Norway, with North Korea coming last. Reporters Without […]

Iraq Lifts Suspension of Reuters' Licence

By John Lee. Iraq's Communications and Media Commission (CMC) has reportedly lifted its suspension of Reuters' licence to work in the country. The regulator had revoked the licence for three months and imposed a fine of 25 million dinars ($21,000) for what it said was the news agency's violation of the rules of media broadcasting. […]

President Salih: CMC Suspension of Reuters "Regretable"

By John Lee. Reuters has confirmed that Iraq's media regulator has suspended its licence after the news agency published a story saying the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country was higher than officially reported. The Communications and Media Commission (CMC) said it was revoking the licence for three months and imposing a fine […]

Iraq Suspends Reuters over COVID-19 Report

Iraqi regulator suspends Reuters' license for 3 months over COVID-19 report Iraqi authorities should immediately reinstate the license of the Reuters news agency, and allow all media outlets to cover the COVID-19 pandemic freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, the Communications and Media Commission (CMC), Iraq's media regulator, suspended Reuters' license for […]

Killers Target Activists performing Logistics for Protests

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Killers target activists performing logistics for Iraqi protests Forces opposed to the protests in Iraq appear to have stepped up operations to kill protest activists and journalists covering the demonstrations […]

Democracy in Iraq Depends on Press Freedom

By Ignacio Miguel Delgado Culebras, for Foreign Policy. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A group of armed men wearing black uniforms stormed into my house in Baghdad and abducted me,” Iraqi blogger Shojaa Fares al-Khafaji told me a few days […]