Iraq Is One Of Most Dangerous Countries For Journalists, Says RSF

Iraq Is One Of Most Dangerous Countries For Journalists, Says RSF

 Iraq is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists to work according to journalist rights network, Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Reporters Without Borders released it’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index for 180 countries in which Iraq ranks at 158.

The RSF said journalists are targeted in the country by gunmen with pro-government militias as well as militant opposition groups including the Islamic State (ISIS).

“The murders of journalists go unpunished and, if investigations are opened, they yield no result,” the RSF added.

Journalists have to work in a “very politicized environment in which the media are regarded above all as political tools,” while the Kurdistan Region itself is also facing economic and social tension, the RSF continued.

The RSF said that two journalists have been killed so far in Iraq in 2017. Aged 30, Tuba Akyılmaz, known professionally as Nuzhian Erhan, died from wounds sustained while covering clashes between the Roj Peshmerga and Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS) on March 3.

Shifa Zikri Ibrahim, a reporter for Rudaw TV, was killed by the blast from an improvised explosive device on a road in al-Mamoun in the western suburb of Mosul on February 25.

According to the index, Norway, Sweden and Finland are ranked in first, second and third as the countries where journalists face the least violations.