Thirty-three violations of journalists in the first half of 2018 included arrest warrants, prison sentences and assaults by security forces and unknown persons

  23/06/2018 02:03         Statement         146   

The Iraqi Center for Supporting Freedom of Speech (Rights), recorded 33 violations against Iraqi journalists during the first half of this year, distributed on various issues, including a civilian activist sentenced to six years in jail, a political analyst was arrested, journalists detained and three satellite channels closed, two in Kurdistan and one in Baghdad.
They also recorded beatings on satellite channel’s staff while covering the opening of a political party headquarters in Anbar province, and in the coverage the activities of Salahaddin University, even an attack that included beating the head of an information institution for the director of the same institution, and seven prosecutions and detention of journalists by security forces, two of them in Baghdad, As well as storming the house of a journalist in Najaf and attacking a television team in Diwaniyah, and storming the house of a journalist in Najaf and attacking a television team in Diwaniyah, in addition to the Prosecute satellite reporters on previous reports, In addition to threats a journalists and bloggers because of their comments on the decisions and positions issued by parliamentarians and officials in the government.
The Iraqi Center (Rights) has documented a number of lawsuits filed by government institutions, The most prominent of which is the establishment of a lawsuit by Susan Mohammed Jawad, director general of the Ministry of Agriculture right director of the satellite channel Ahmed Salim al-Saadi, and the news report Laith al-Jazairi, In addition to the threat of a television reporter in Karbala by a candidate in the Fatah alliance, to file a lawsuit because the channel for television reports on election propaganda and the issuance of a warrant for the theft of government files on Hossam al-Kaabi correspondent NRT Arab in Najaf following a complaint filed by the administration of Najaf airport, as well as two officials in Karbala filed an issue against the correspondent of the same channel in the province following the reports of television related to the local affairs.
The Iraqi Center (Rights) has also received several reports from bloggers who have been subjected to tribal harassment on the basis of their views on social networking sites, but their names expose their lives to danger.
While the Iraqi Center (Rights) deplores these violations that restrict the work of journalists, and calls on the government to direct its staff and members of the security forces to cooperate with journalists and respect their work according to the constitution and the law.
The Iraqi Center for Supporting Freedom of Speech (Rights), publishes the detailed events of the violations that happened from 1 January to 13 June 2018, reserving a number of cases at the request of violators.

1/ January/ 2018
The attack on the photographer of Al-Furat satellite channel in Dhi Qar Ali Abdul Abbas, beaten and arrested by the local police when he concluded his coverage of the New Year celebrations.

9/ January / 2018
Al-Rashed satellite channel correspondent in Diwaniya Mohammed Ismail was detained by the security forces for hours and released after his press equipment was confiscated.

10/ January / 2018
breakthrough the house of the journalist Iman Rasool al-Kufi, in Najaf province, by unknown assailants and stole her press equipment when she was outside the house.

10/ January / 2018
The editor of Al-Borsa newspaper Falih al-Khalidi was subjected to insulting insult by security forces of the building of Iraqi Customs Authority when he was on a business mission.

14/ January / 2018
Al-Najdah police station, pursue Sarmad al-Abadi, a correspondent for the Baghdad-based Al-Jazeera satellite channel, and forced him to accompany them to a police station and withdrew his personal documents.

18/ January / 2018
The attack on the Dijla TV staff in Diwaniyah by a group of students from a school in the province, when they were preparing a report about a school incident, believed that the teaching staff incited the students to attack the channel team.

22/ January / 2018
The head of the media and information department in the Iraqi media network, Nemir Ali al-Hassoun, hit the head of the network and expelled him from his office. The incident is a dangerous precedent.

1/ February / 2018
Al- Muthanna governor Faleh al-Zayadi deals with discrimination between journalists, not granting him work permits to some media representatives in the province.

6/ February / 2018
A civil activist, Basem Khashan, was sentenced to six years in prison by a court in Muthanna for two judicial petitions filed by the Provincial Council and the Office of the Integrity Commission.

9/ February / 2018
The release of the photographer Khalil al-Barakat in Muthanna after his arrest for hours because of his solidarity with the civil activist Basim Khashan.

18/ February / 2018
Unknown assailants attack radio presenter Abdullah Kitan in Maysan province and steal his personal phone.

23/ February / 2018
Directorate of Education in Wasit sued the director of the office of Al-Furat satellite channel Riad al-Aqili, because of a television report on the educational situation in the province.

26/ February / 2018
The bodyguards of MP Mohammed Karbouli, assaulting the staff of the Anbar satellite channel, consisting of Moayad Ibrahim and Usama Al-Rashed in the course of their duty to cover the opening of the headquarters of Al- Hal Party in the Khaldiyah south-east of Anbar province.

27/ February / 2018
Federal Court issued a decision to release the civil activist Basim  Khashan and overturns the decision of the Court of Muthanna.

13/ March / 2018
The threat of the announcer in Salah al-Din satellite channel Ammar Saleem al-Jubouri, tribal rivalry from the local council of Al- Dhuluiya district and a lawsuit because of a publication on his Facebook page.

28/ March / 2018
The correspondent of NRT Arabiya channel in Karbala, Haider Hadi, was threatened by a candidate in the Fatah alliance to sue for a television report on early election propaganda.

28/ March / 2018
Director General in the Ministry of Agriculture, the director of Al-Furat satellite channel Ahmed Salem Al-Saadi and newscaster Laith Al-Jazairi are sued because of television report broadcast by the channel on the performance of the ministry.

1/ April / 2018
Unknown people assailants and assaulted blogger Rida al-Shaibani with knives and bayonets in Diwaniyah.

21/ April / 2018
Unidentified assailants beat Issa al-Atwani, correspondent of NRT Arabic channel, in Babel, until they smeared his face.

26/ April / 2018
The head of the Iraqi media network, the director of relations of the Iraqi news agency Nemir Ali al-Hassoun, has been suspended because of his objection to the network's performance.

2/ May / 2018
Follow of the Minister of Transport chasing Haider Musa Omran, the correspondent of the Koll Al- Akhbar newspaper, because of the publication a series of corruption files belonging to the ministry.

2/ May / 2018
Assassination of Ghassan Attia, editor of the Al- Yaum Al- Sabe’e newspaper in Sulaymaniyah, by unknown people thought that Al- Tagheer Kurdish party stands behind him.

7/ May / 2018
Sentenced to one year on the political analyst Mohammed Noman, following a complaint filed by the head of the Iraqi media network Mujahid Abu al-Hell.

12/ May / 2018
Security forces detain a number of journalists in Dora district in Asia gate, for a few hours and for unknown reasons.

24/ May / 2018
Security forces raided Ihab al-Wazzani’s home, the head of the civil Party in Karbala against the backdrop of angry demonstrations because of the deterioration of electricity.

27/ May / 2018
Unknown gunmen kidnap civilian activist Mustafa Saleh Bamrani in central Duhok province.

29/ May / 2018
The Communications and Media Communication Authority sued Al- Ahad satellite channel because of the "Capital Time" program presented by Rinas Ali.

30/ May / 2018
Najaf airport administration Hossam al-Kaabi, the correspondent of NRT Arabic channel in the province, is sued for uncovering files of corruption at the airport and receiving a warrant against him on charges of stealing government files.

1/ June/ 2018
Asayish prevent Biyam, Sbeida, KNN, NRT and Kurdish Khandan, to covering the entry of Turkish troops into villages in Erbil.

4/ June/ 2018
Two officials in Karbala sue Haider Hadi, NRT's Arab correspondent in the province, for reporting on local affairs.

10/ June/ 2018
The presenter of a single-channel program broadcast by Al-Sharqiya News channel Ahmed Mullah Talal was subjected to a death threat from MP Ali Al-Sagri.

12/ June/ 2018
Al-Sharqiya News correspondent in Anbar Mustafa Al-Hamed was released four days after his arrest due to a lawsuit filed by Governor Mohamed Halboussi.

13/ June/ 2018
Al-Sharqiya correspondent in Najaf Ali Al-Haj was threatened with physical liquidation by a businessman in the province.

13/ June/ 2018
Court of Misdemeanor in Karbala released a reporter for NRT Arabiya channel Haidar Hadi of a complaint filed by the director of Estate Registration, due to a television report concerning the forgery of documents relating to real estate.


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