06 May 2021
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Iraq: Radio Stations Fear for Future Tuesday, 04 May 2021 09:39

Hard-won freedoms may be at risk if outlets attempt to hold politicians and officials to account. Press freedom in Iraq has deteriorated yet further with a fierce backlash against media efforts to cover the wave of anti-government protests that began in October 2019.   Directors of IWPR partner radio stations have warned that freedoms hard-won after the Islamic State (IS) era are at risk if they attempt to hold politicians and officials to account. Association (PFAAI) documented 305 violations across…
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Danger knocks on the doors in southern Iraq where activists say they continue to be threatened by Iranian-backed militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) for speaking out against the powerful groups.Hassan Maher, who once played on Iraq’s national wheelchair basketball team, likes to call his Nasiriyah home Hassan Basketball. But a few days ago, his house was raided by Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades), an armed group run by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. It was a…
A demonstrator was killed and several others wounded amid a violent clampdown on protests in the Iraqi capital on Saturday. The protester, named as Muhammad Sattar al-Delfi, was filmed as he was run over by security forces in Baghdad, where scores have been demanding electricity amid power outages. Videos that emerged online showed his funeral. At least 10 other demonstrators have also been injured in the ongoing protests, The New Arab’s sister Arabic-language service Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported. Member of the Human Rights…
The death of over 80 people in a Baghdad Covid-19 hospital fire was seen by Iraqis Sunday as more proof of the deadly consequences of mismanagement and corruption. Iraqis, some of whom evacuated the injured themselves, blamed Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi, who was suspended Sunday, with calls for him to be sacked resounding across social media. The deadly inferno broke out overnight Sunday at Baghdad's Ibn al-Khatib hospital, blamed on poorly stored oxygen cylinders.  The interior ministry said 82 people…
BAGHDAD - At least 23 people died when a fire broke out in a coronavirus intensive care unit in Baghdad, medical and security sources told AFP. The explosion was caused by "a fault in the storage of oxygen cylinders," the medical sources said, adding that several dozen people had also been wounded. Videos on social media showed firefighters trying to extinguish flames at Ibn al-Khatib hospital on the southeastern outskirts of the Iraqi capital as patients and their relatives tried…
Three rockets landed near the area of the airport that houses US forces. More rockets were defused from the rooftop of an empty house. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. At least three rockets were fired near the Baghdad International Airport, Iraqi military officials said late on Thursday. An Iraqi soldier was wounded, the AFP news agency reported. The rockets landed near an area that is home to US forces.   Security forces also said they found and defused unfired rockets from the…
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge in California refused Wednesday to allow the extradition to Iraq of a man accused of committing a killing for the Islamic State, saying cellphone evidence shows he was in Turkey at the time of the slaying. The U.S. Justice Department has tried since 2018 to return Omar Abdulsattar Ameen to Iraq under a treaty with that nation. He fled to Turkey in 2012 and in June 2014 was granted status as a refugee…
Iraq's Commission on Public Integrity (CPI) on Monday announced the issuance of arrest warrants and summons against 58 current and former officials accused of corruption. The CPI said in a statement: "The judiciary issued eight arrest warrants and 50 summons against current and former officials last March." "Arrest warrants have been issued against a deputy in the Iraqi parliament, a former MP, a former minister, and a former ministry undersecretary," it added. The statement indicated that the arrest and detention…
Imposing prison sentences and fines on assembly organizers creates a climate of fear and violates Iraq's international human rights obligations Nationwide protests that emerged across Iraq in October 2019 allowed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis to collectively voice their demands for the end of political corruption and economic inequality in the country. But a year and a half later, Iraq’s parliament is planning to vote on a recently amended draft law on freedom of assembly and peaceful demonstrations, which threatens to place undue restrictions on…
Two Irish members of the European Parliament have appeared in a YouTube video used to promote the Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) militia coalition, the Irish news site TheJournal.ie reported on Thursday. The Iran-backed PMF coalition, which is also known as Al-Hashed Al-Shaabi and includes some 70 different militias, has been accused of crimes and atrocities against civilians by rights groups before. The video showed Clare Daly and Mike Wallace, two left-wing MEPs, visiting a headquarters of the PMF in Iraq. In the video, which TheJournal.ie reports…
Families of those killed and wounded in anti-government protests tell MEE they believe the judicial system in France can bring them justice missing at home A legal case brought against former Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in France could see anti-government demonstrators find justice for those killed and wounded by armed groups and security services, activists told Middle East Eye. The case is being brought by French law firm Zimeray & Finelle, representing five victims and the relatives of several…
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