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Failings of Kurdish Media Exposed

May 26, 2010

Press reaction to shocking killing of young journalist underlines the need for substantive reforms.If as many suspect Sardasht Osman was killed because of what he wrote, this should really serve as a reminder for us all of the dire state of our media and the urgent need to reform it.The reaction to his shocking...
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Iraq at Crossroads

April 10, 2010

As Iraqis remember the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime this month, they are ready to usher in a new era that marks the end of extremism and the beginning of good governance and national reconciliation.Iraqi leaders must now decide whether to spearhead these efforts with the support of the international community, a decision that...
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Inside Iraq – The media’s role in Iraq’s election.

March 26, 2010

Were Iraqi newspapers and TV stations helping the voters to make an informed decision?
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Information first, freedom & protection next

January 27, 2010

While most of the Wikileaks debate is focused on the protection of journalists and freedom of expression, a similar debate is underway here – but in a rather different environment.An environment, where an important prerequisite of freedom of press and protection of journalists is missing – the right to information or freedom of information.In...
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Why Kurdish Media Must Reform

August 19, 2009

SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’, — The recent election in Iraqi Kurdistan ushered in a new era for the region’s media, posing fresh challenges for news organisations, the government and the parliament.In the past, the ruling parties were the driving force in the political process. But a formidable opposition emerged on election day, and the...
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What Iraq do the Kurds want?

September 5, 2008

In the absence of a permanent United States presence in Kurdistan–something that would be welcomed by almost every Kurd–the Iraq that the Kurds and most Iraqis want when US troops withdraw is one that is at peace with itself and the world. They want a federal democracy with a good democratic government that upholds...
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