SULAIMANI – A court in Duhok on Tuesday (June 22) sentenced activist Umed Baroshki to twelve months in prison and fined him over charges of “misuse of communications equipment,” his lawyer said.
Charges against Baroshki are in accordance with the provisions of Article 2 of Law No. 6 of 2008 of the Law on Prevention and Misuse of Communications Equipment.
The court decision is “unfair and not accurate,” Baroshki’s lawyer Ramazan Artisi told Zhyan News Network, saying the lawyers team will file a discriminatory appeal against it.
Baroshki was given two jail terms and fines of 240,000 Iraqi dinars (around 164 US dollars) for two lawsuits filed against him, according to Artisi.
The Kurdistan Region has come under scrutiny for deteriorating state of freedom of the press and expression, especially regarding the case of five convicted journalists and activists from Duhok’s Badinan, after they were sentenced to six years in prison in February over controversial charges amounting to undermining the stability and security of the Region.
Metro Center for Journalist’s Rights and Advocacy documented nearly 400 violations committed against journalists and media outlets in the Kurdistan Region in 2020.