Kurdish journalists of Rudaw released in
By ekurd.net staff
August 13, 2009
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — After
spending three hours in a police station and inside
a court house, the manager and editor-in-chief of
Rudaw weekly paper are freed. Rudaw's website
reported on Wednesday.
After a few hours under investigation in Tayrawa
police station in Erbil and Erbil court house,
Nuradin Sa'ad Waisi the manager of Rudaw weekly
paper and its editor-in-chief Ako Muhammad were
Nuradin Sa'ad Waisi the manager
of Rudaw weekly paper and its editor-in-chief Ako
Muhammad. Photo: Rudaw net
The case was put forward by the persecutor who filed
complain against Dr. Makhdid Sapan and Rudaw weekly
paper for publishing Sapan's poem.
in journalism law it hasn't mentioned general
case had to be processed occurring to Iraqi
punishment law, which includes prison terms which is
conflicting with journalism law in Kurdistan.
Nuradin Sa'ad Waisi and Ako Muhammad told Rudaw Net
that the judge and the persecutor had a lot of
understanding for their speeches during their
investigation and explained that never have been
censorship in poems and used Kurdish classic poems
as an example and even mentioned that the Dr.
Sapan's poem is not even near that style.
The two journalists were detained by Kurdish police
in the morning of 12th August in Erbil city,www.ekurd.net
capital of Kurdistan region (Hawler) , because of
publishing of a poem by Dr. Makhdid Sapan in their
In Iraqi Kurdistan region, about 60 Kurdish
journalists were killed, threatened, attacked, or
taken to court in the first half of 2008, says the
New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
In the past few years, many other Kurdish
journalists have been beaten, jailed, threatened
with death or simply hassled by the Kurdish
authorities while doing their job.
"In Kurdistan there is no freedom for journalists. I
have proof of that -- the most recent proof was
Hemen Mamand, a young radio reporter in Erbil told
Many reporters in Kurdistan see themselves as most
at risk when they report critically about Kurdish
security forces, government officials or political
They say Barzani's KDP party, based in Erbil, and
the PUK, its historic rival, controlled by Iraqi
President Jalal Talabani and based in Sulaimaniyah,
wield near-total control of their respective Kurdish
"In Kurdistan, there isn't really a political
opposition. So the government thinks that
journalists are the opposition," said Rebin Rasul
Esmail, who until 2004 was a senior editor for
Hawlati, a leading independent newspaper.
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