Arab Today, arab today iraqi tv channel bombed after kurdish criticism aired
Last Updated : GMT 21:53:08
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Human Rights Watch: Dark days for press freedom

Iraqi TV channel bombed after Kurdish criticism aired

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Iraqi TV channel bombed after Kurdish criticism aired

Iraqi channel NRT attacked for airing criticism of Kurdish leader
Baghdad - Arabstoday

Iraqi channel NRT attacked for airing criticism of Kurdish leader A bomb exploded on the roof of an Iraqi satellite channel's offices a day after the broadcaster aired a caller's criticism of a revered Kurdish leader, an official said on Sunday .The explosion in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah came as Human Rights Watch [HRW] criticised the autonomous Iraqi region for infringing on free speech by wrongly detaining journalists, activists and opposition figures for insulting public figures.
On Friday evening, the Nalia television station briefly aired a caller's criticism of Mullah Mustafa Barzani, a Kurdish nationalist leader and the father of Kurdistan's current president, during its "Free Microphone" programme before cutting off the caller.
On Saturday, 300 supporters of Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party [KDP] tried to storm the broadcaster's offices but were turned away by riot police, an AFP journalist said.
Later that day, a bomb went off on the roof of Nalia's offices, a security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. It was unclear who was behind the attack.
Abdulwahab Ali, the KDP's chief in Sulaimaniyah, said the party had not orchestrated the demonstration.
Nalia's offices were again attacked in February 2011 by masked gunmen who wounded a security guard and fired their weapons at the broadcaster's equipment.
On Sunday, New York-based HRW issued a statement criticising Kurdish authorities for arresting opponents and journalists under legislation that has not been approved by the region's parliament.
"These are dark days for freedom of expression in Iraq's Kurdistan region," said Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW's Middle East Director.
"Instead of ensuring the justice system investigates high-level corruption, the Kurdistan regional government is ignoring its own laws to protect free speech and assembly, and using 'laws' that are not in force to silence dissent."
"Sadly, the Kurdistan regional government today looks less and less like the open and thriving democracy it paints itself to be."
The watchdog said that in 2012, regional security forces reportedly arrested at least 50 journalists, opponents and activists, prosecuting seven of them for insulting public figures.
Source: AFP

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today iraqi tv channel bombed after kurdish criticism aired Arab Today, arab today iraqi tv channel bombed after kurdish criticism aired

 



Arab Today, arab today

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today iraqi tv channel bombed after kurdish criticism aired Arab Today, arab today iraqi tv channel bombed after kurdish criticism aired

 



Arab Today, arab today France defies terrorism through tourism

GMT 15:18 2017 Saturday ,20 May

France defies terrorism through tourism
Arab Today, arab today Zainab Fadel Oglu designs “Shakerin” mosque

GMT 12:13 2017 Thursday ,11 May

Zainab Fadel Oglu designs “Shakerin” mosque
View News in Arabic - Media: وسائل الإعلام أخبار
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday