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Iraqi Kurdistan: Security forces storm offices of NRT and close them by force

2017-12-20

According to reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), at 6:45 pm on 19 December 2017, more than 200 armed members of Iraqi Kurdistan’s internal security forces stormed various…

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Iraq: Gulf Centre for Human Rights mourns death of photojournalist Arkan Sharif

2017-10-31

It is with great sadness that the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) received news of the murder of photojournalist Arkan Sharif. He was killed in the early hours on 30 October 2017 after a number of…

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Iraqi Kurdistan: NRT correspondent Ribwar Kakaie attacked during live coverage of the Kurdistan Parliament session

2017-10-30

During a live television broadcast at about 7:00 pm on 29 October 2017, NRT’s TV crew was attacked by demonstrators with batons who stormed the Parliament building in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan…

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Iraq: Kurdish journalist Bakhtiar Haddad killed in Mosul by explosive device

2017-06-21

Iraqi Kurdish journalist Bakhtiar Haddad died on 19 June 2017 after an explosive device went off in Mosul, injuring three French journalists at the same time. One of them, Stéphane Villeneuve,…

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Iraq: NRT director and journalist arrested following report

2017-06-06

Update: Iraq: On 05 June 2017, the Investigation Court in Kalar ordered the release of journalist Awat Ali, director of Kurdish-language NRT, on bail of six million Iraqi dinars (USD$5160). 2017-06-05…

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Iraq: Parliament postpones vote on draft law on freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration after popular protests

2017-05-17

On 13 May 2017, the relevant parliamentary committees decided to postpone the vote on Iraq’s draft law on freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration for an indefinite period, following widespread…

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