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Kurdish journalist again attacked in Iraqi Kurdistan  12.2.2010   

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February 12, 2010

SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The 32-year-old editor of the independent Kurdish-language bi-monthly Jihan (World) Nabaz Goran was again assaulted on Tuesday in downtown Sulaimaniyah.

The journalist was assaulted by two unknown men on Tuesday in down-town Sulaimaniyah. He was slightly wounded, but managed to fight back the attackers, who fled.

The police say they are investigating the incident.

Nabaz Goran was brutally attacked before in Erbil on 29 October. He suspects that he was attacked for criticizing the government in his articles. During the attack in October,
www.ekurd.netunknown assailants wounded his face. The attack was condemned by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The journalist then blamed the ruling parties KDP and PUK for the attack.

Nabaz Goran is a controversial figure who is known for his courage and has no fear of the authorities in his writing.                                      

Nabaz Goran is a controversial figure who is known for his courage and has no fear of the authorities in his writing. Goran address issues that it was a taboo before. For example, Goran stated that no Sorani speaking Kurd will ever become the head of the KDP; it has to be from the Barzan tribe.
Goran is the editor in chief of Jihan Magazine which is published in Erbil, the regional capital.

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.
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