Freedom of Expression Between the Authority and the Media

September 26, 2012

Last week, Adnan Osman, a Kurdish MP from the Change Movement (Gorran), wrote an article about the bad relationship between the press and the parliament in the Kurdistan Region. He asked us journalists to uproot the “freedom of expression tree” that I received as a media award in London earlier this year and decided...
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The Perils of Supporting Certain Media Outlets

May 21, 2012

The saga over Chirpa magazine publishing the remarks of a nobody against religious symbols should serve as a wakeup call to those who support obscure media for the sake of one day using it for their own purposes. Those who felt insulted by the remarks should not blame the paper or even the writer....
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An Olive Tree in One Hand and a Mobile in the Other

May 13, 2012

As I was called to the podium, I had my mobile in my hand, and I received an olive tree with the other. I remembered the late Yasser Arafat when he stood before the U.N. for the first time and concluded his speech by saying, “Today I have come bearing an olive branch and...
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To The Leaders: Your Facebook Pages Are Ours, Not Yours

February 8, 2012

If you want to be a leader, have a Facebook page. If you want to be famous, have a Facebook page. If you want people to vote for you, have a Facebook page — because with a bit of money, you can create a fan base for yourself and become even more popular. You...
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The People are Killing the media

December 18, 2011

Once again, the question of the role of media and journalists in society is emerging after the Journalists’ Syndicate released several thousand names of journalists so that they could receive government grants. The obvious thinking behind this is that if you have journalists on your side, you can have an easy ride in government....
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Time for a New Approach to Media

November 2, 2011

When listening to our leaders’ speeches, you would say that they are serious about being part of the new era and are committed to the values of democracy and freedom. But when you watch their media, you’d think that you are in Syria, old Libya or old Iraq. The reality is somewhere in between,...
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