Watchdog says ‘concerned’ about situation of freedom of expression in Kurdistan

The Presidency Appellate Court in Erbil in a picture combined with a view of Erbil town center.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A Kurdish watchdog on Sunday expressed concern about the situation of freedom of expression in the Kurdistan Region, calling on government institutions to take swift action.

Erbil-based Peace and Freedom organization in a press conference released a report concerning the violation of freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

The watchdog’s report revealed that the situation of freedom of expression needs swift actions by the executive and legislative institutions in the Kurdistan Region.

Moreover, the watchdog in the report stated that they have recorded more than 250 violations against the freedom of expression during the last year.

The violation has been recorded in the Kurdistan Region as well as the disputed territories, according to the report.

The violations against the freedom of the press in the Region that the watchdog recorded include detaining journalists, coverage prevention, confiscation as well as destroying of press-related equipment, blackmailing, and battery against the journalists.

The report further added that two incidents of raiding media corporations, nine threatening, and five cybercrimes against the press were recorded as well in the last year.

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