Iraq is consistently doing bad in all lists about press freedom. Journalists are kidnapped and murdered, there are taboo topics no reporter can publish about and the sectarianism of Iraqi politics, which is closely entwined with the country’s media, makes it close to impossible to work independently. The situation in the Kurdistan Region, in the north of Iraq, is not fundamentally different. This booklet, published in December 2019, offers interviews with journalists and lawyers and with the wife and brother of a Kurdish journalist who was killed because of his stories about corruption, gives insight in the historical backgrounds of the media in Iraq – it wasn’t always this bad! – and examens the laws that urgently need change.
The full PDF of my booklet about press freedom in Iraq is now available online, without paywall! Click the link on this page!