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 Kurdish journalists of Rudaw released in Iraqi Kurdistan 

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Kurdish journalists of Rudaw released in Iraqi Kurdistan  13.8.2009 
By ekurd.net staff



August 13, 2009

ERBIL-Hewlęr, 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 bailed out.              

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.

Since in journalism law it hasn't mentioned general tradition,
www.ekurd.net this 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 the capital of Kurdistan region (Hawler) , because of publishing of a poem by Dr. Makhdid Sapan in their newspaper.

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 Soran," says Hemen Mamand, a young radio reporter in Erbil told Reuters.

Many reporters in Kurdistan see themselves as most at risk when they report critically about Kurdish security forces, government officials or political parties.

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 domains.

"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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