Press freedom first victim of political
unrest in Iraqi Kurdistan
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — A press freedom
organization in Kurdistan has warned that violations
against journalists in Kurdistan has "gone beyond
all limits" as
across Duhok province on Friday and Saturday.
"In 48 hours, 6 media offices have been torched, 6
journalists have been put in jail and 16 more
journalists have been subjected to attacks," Metro
center said in a statement.
The statement criticizes authorities in Kurdistan
Region for not protecting press freedom during
political crises, without any legal justification,
security forces arrest journalists and confiscate or
break their equipment" the statement reads, "and by
doing this they make a first victim of journalists
in the conflict."
Metro condemns the torching of the media offices and
the detention of journalists calling on the
authorities to bring those responsible for incidents
On Friday, a number of liquor shops, hotels and a
massage parlours were torched by a mob in Zakho,
allegedly following the preaching of a cleric who
encouraged the burning of those places on religious
and moral grounds.
In the incidents the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU),
an opposition group, was accused of fueling the
violence and subsequently alleged fans of the KDP
attacked KIU offices in Zakho, Duhok city, Semel and
Qasrok and set them on fire.
All the six media offices set on fire, and cited by
the Metro statement, belonged to the KIU.
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