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Blog   |   Iraq

Reporter reflects as Iraq named deadliest for journalists

It has been 14 months since my colleague at The Washington Post Salih Saif Aldin was shot and killed. Time flew by fast and the path for journalists in Iraq is yet to be safe. Shootings, kidnappings, and murder in cold blood have not stopped in my war-torn country. 

December 19, 2008 10:14 AM ET


Blog   |   Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia

Defending al-Zaidi, but not journalists at home

The now infamous incident of Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi throwing his shoes at President George Bush became primetime news throughout the world. In the Middle East it has been shown on television almost endlessly. 

December 18, 2008 5:26 PM ET


Blog   |   Iraq

Iraqi journalist who threw shoes is detained

During a press conference in Baghdad on Sunday, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi called President George Bush a dog as he hurled his shoes at him. Though he missed his target, al-Zaidi was immediately tackled to the ground and restrained by plainclothes security personnel.

December 16, 2008 2:53 PM ET

Blog   |   Iraq

Freed in Iraq, an editor offers thanks

Shwan Dawdi, editor-in-chief of the Kirkuk-based newspaper Hawal, sent a letter thanking CPJ for its help in overturning his conviction and one-month prison term. "I would like to express ... my thanks and gratitude for your noble and courageous position to defend the freedom of the press and journalists," Dawdi wrote.

November 26, 2008 11:14 AM ET


Blog   |   Iraq

With help, cameraman on journey to recovery

Nearly three years after gunman affiliated with al-Qaeda left him for dead on a Baghdad street, Iraqi state television cameraman Jehad Ali arrived in the United States for medical treatment to help rebuild his bullet-shattered right leg.

October 27, 2008 4:39 PM ET


Blog   |   Afghanistan, Cuba, Iraq, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Press Freedom Awardees draw attention

We announced the 2008 International Press Freedom Award recipients on Tuesday, and the news has been well-received worldwide. Bilal Hussein of Iraq, Danish Karokhel and Farida Nekzad of Afghanistan, Andrew Mwenda of Uganda, and Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez of Cuba will all be honored by CPJ on November 25 for their courageous work. Beatrice Mtetewa, of Zimbabwe will also be honored with CPJ's Burton Benjamin Award for her long service to the field of journalism.

Blog   |   Iraq

Journalists under increasing threat in Iraqi Kurdistan

Reuters has an in-depth story today on the increasingly dangerous reporting environment in Iraqi Kurdistan. Part of the problem, the article reports a local editor as saying, is that "the government thinks that journalists are the opposition."

Killings, threats, and attacks against journalists are on the rise, with about 60 occurrences reported to CPJ in the first half of 2008 alone. "The recent incidents have really stripped off the veneer and revealed it's not much different than other parts of Iraq," Reuters quoted CPJ's Joel Campagna as saying.

CPJ recently concluded a mission to Kurdistan, where our delegation met with Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Masoud Barzani and presented him with our recommendations for ensuring press freedom in the region. For more, read our full report "The Other Iraq."

August 27, 2008 10:30 AM ET


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