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ANHRI Urges Iraqi Authorities to Hold Security Leaders Assaulted the Journalists and Media Professionals Accountable

Wednesday 4 September 2013, by The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)

Cairo 4 September 2013

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) deprecates the uninterrupted violations are being committed by the Iraqi security forces against the journalists and media professionals during their coverage for the incidents are taking place in Iraq.

On Saturday 31 August 2013, the Iraqi security forces attacked a number of journalists and media professionals along with preventing them from covering the peaceful demonstrations in some Iraqi governorates; which were to object to the pensions that the parliamentarians, ministers, municipalities, judge and those with special grades receive. The demonstrations were forcefully dispersed by the Iraqi security forces; resulting in wounding many protesters. The security forces had built security fences around the demonstrations to prevent the journalists and media professionals from reaching them.

The forces also assaulted some journalists and prevented them from covering the demonstrations; more and above seizing their cameras and detaining some for a short period before release. Some of the journalists that attacked by the forces were Sabah Arar, Head of Iraqi Journalists’ Syndicate; as his camera was smashed, and Karar Aldpiani, a reporter in Al-Fayhaa Satellite Channel. While Hussein Assad, a reporter for Almada Press, was banned from covering the protests, more and above arresting Mahmoud Raouf, a photographer in Almada Press, and Mohamed Wahab Aboud, a reporter in Al-Hurriya channel; who were released after a short period. In addition, Mohmed Wahab Aboud was forced to sign a pledge to stop covering any protests again.

“Assaulting the Iraqi journalists and media professionals during their coverage for the peaceful protests is a new episode of the attack series on them by the Iraqi security forces in an attempt to glass over the violations they commit during addressing the protests in Iraq. Some examples of these attacks is arresting the photographers “Salah Wahba” and “Salam Gauad”, who work for Ekhlas company, last August. The two photographers were taken to Bab al-Muatham police station to be investigated with.

ANHRI demands from the Iraqi authorities to respect the freedom of opinion, expression and peaceful demonstration. It also demands to hold the security leaders attacked the journalists and media professionals accountable.


SOURCE: http://www.anhri.net/en/?p=13419

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