SULAIMANI - Iraq's Journalistic Freedom Observatory (JFO) on Wednesday condemned the raids on the building of iPlus Media Corporation by an armed force in Kurdsat neighborhood yesterday, describing the attack as “arrogant, unacceptable and unjustified in modern democracies,” as tensions between the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) co-presidents are running high.
On Tuesday evening, a security force raided iPLUS Media Corporation building, detained and hurt journalists and the employees while they were working. The armed force took out some of the channel's equipment, broke other channel’s equipment and doors, the media agency reported, as it was on its experimental period.
“Political differences should stay away from media institutions and go to the judiciary to be the decisive factor in resolving them,” JFO head Ziyad al-Ajili told Zhyan English. “Media institutions are important platforms that belong to society, and they do not necessarily adopt a political discourse."
Al-Ajili also called on the political parties in the Kurdistan Region to “deal in good faith with all media institutions and to stay away from the policy of silencing mouths to practice their work freely, away from pressures and political interference."
385 violations against journalists and media outlets were logged throughout 2020, according to Metro Center for Journalist’ Rights and Advocacy.