Attacks on the Press
• New press court, politically motivated lawsuits raise alarm.
• As instability festers, five journalists, three support workers are killed.
$1 billion Damages sought by the Kurdistan Democratic Party from a newspaper that detailed alleged political corruption.
Instability festered throughout the year as political parties wrangled to form a new government after March elections and U.S. troops handed over security to Iraqi forces in August. At least five journalists and three media support workers were killed in relation to their work, reflecting a persistent level of insecurity. Government forces were holding a critical newspaper editor without apparent charge or due process.