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Six journalists died in Iraqi Kurdistan during 2017: Advocacy group

2018/01/14 | 00:05

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Photo: Aleppo media center

SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Metro Center for Journalists’ Rights and Advocacy announced in a press conference on Saturday that over 419 violations against 338 journalists occurred in 2017, in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

Six journalists died, two of whom were assassinated, according to 2017 violation measures included in the Metro Center report entitled “Laws Cannot Protect Us.”

Ten journalists were wounded on the frontlines against Islamic State (IS) and another 14 were wounded during usual media coverage, Metro Center added.

Metro Center recorded seven cases of looting and burning media offices, and five times that media offices were closed by officials or as a result of violence.

The number of violations recorded by Metro Center against journalists is nearly twice the number claimed by the Kurdistan region’s Journalists Syndicate.

The Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate said it recorded 137 different types of violations against 230 journalists in the Kurdistan region during the past year.

The syndicate also recorded 45 cases and nine types of violations against 80 journalists during 2016.

NRT news agency and staff are a frequent target of the violence reported by Metro and the Journalists Syndicate.

Read more about Freedom of Expression and Journalism in Iraqi Kurdistan

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