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 Iraqi Kurdistan: The Kurdish Hawlati newspaper editor released on bail

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Iraqi Kurdistan: The Kurdish Hawlati newspaper editor released on bail  4.2.2008



February 4, 2008

Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq',-- The Kurdish newspaper Hawlati editor said he was released on 1-million-dinar bail after giving his testimony on Monday at a court in Sulaimaniyah province on the lawsuit filed against him by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

"I was released today on bail of one million Iraqi dinars ($820) after I testified on the suit filed against me by Iraqi President Talabani," Abad Arif told VOI

The central media official at Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) had earlier said that the suit filed by Talabani was in his capacity as secretary general of the PUK, not as president of the republic,
www.ekurd.net after the Hawlati newspaper published incorrect reports.

The Kurdish paper, in a translated report by American journalist Michael Robin Is Iraqi Kurdistan a Good Ally? and published on January 13, had spoken about administrative and financial corruption in the Iraqi Kurdistan region and money owned by Kurdish leaders.

Twana Othman, the press advisor for the independent paper Hawlati, said in September 2007 that policemen in Sulaimaniyah raided the paper's headquarters and arrested its owner, Tariq Fatih, after a complaint was lodged against him by the brother of Omar Fattah,
www.ekurd.net the vice president of the Iraqi Kurdistan region, for a newspaper article criticizing him. The Kurdish police released him on 200,000 Iraqi dinars ($150) bail in light of a decision by the examining magistrate.

Othman and Asos Herdi, the former editor-in-chief of Hawlati, were referred to court in February 2007 after Fattah, the former head of Iraqi Kurdistan government (Sulaimaniyah administration), filed a lawsuit against them and accused Hawlati of publishing an article that defamed him.

The two were sentenced to suspended six months in jail and a fine of 75,000 Iraqi dinars ($50) each.

There are only two private and independent newspapers in Kurdistan Hawlati and Awene. All other media in Kurdistan is funded by the political parties, which these days are synonymous with the Kurdistan Regional Government.

VOI   

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