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Iraq: ANHRI Demands an Urgent Investigation into the Murder of Kurdish Journalist “Kawa Ckramaani”

Sunday 8 December 2013, by The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) today said the death of Kurdish journalist “Kawa Ckramaani” is due to the failure of Iraqi authorities to arrest perpetrators of killing journalists, in addition to providing an appropriate atmosphere for press and media work.

Kurdish journalist “Kawa Mohamed”- known as “Kawa Ckramaani”- was killed last Thursday, December 5, in front of his home home in Kalar- in the province of Sulaymaniyah- after being shot by unknown gunmen. Ckramaani was an editor-in-chief of Kurdish magazine “Ryle” and also worked as a correspondent for “Lawina” magazine.

The 32 years old Kurdish journalists was known for his writings that disclose cases of corruption in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. Accordingly, many officials had filed a number of complaints and lawsuits against him.

“Targeting as well as murdering journalists because of their profession have currently become repeated, whereas eight journalists and media professionals had been killed in Iraq; six of them were killed in Mosul, one in Basra and a Kurdish journalists in the province of Sulaymaniyah”, ANHRI said.

ANHRI expressed deep concern over increasing the number of journalists and media professionals killed in Iraq, at the time that authorities always neglect to arrest the perpetrators. As a result, the violations against journalists and media professionals have became on the rise.

ANHRI calls upon Iraqi authorities to investigate the death of journalist “ Kawa Ckramaani” and to arrest the perpetrators in order to be brought to a fair trial. It also calls for providing an appropriate atmosphere for press and media work.


SOURCE: http://www.anhri.net/en/?p=14646

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