No justice for slain journalist Soran Mama Hama after 13 years
A combined photo of: [L] A view of the tomb of slain Journalist Soran Mama Hama at Sheikh Said graveyard in Chamchamal district, Sulaimani, July 21, 2021. Screenshot from Zhyan News Network video. [R] a file photo of Soran Mama Hama
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Thirteen years after his assassination in the city of Kirkuk, nobody has been brought to justice for the assassination of prominent journalist Soran Mama Hama, as locals and international journalist advocacies call for justice into the case.
On July 21, 2008, Soran Mama Hama, 21, was shot dead by unknown gunmen driving a BMW car in front of his home in Shorija neighborhood, considerably relatively, calm area in in the disputed city of Kirkuk at approximately 09:00 pm.
He had received threatening messages
on May 15 in the same year before the slaying, local journalists previously told New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Mama Hama was critical of the local authorities and was a reporter working for Livin magazine at the time.
Published in Livin, his last article recounted the prevalence of prostitution in Kirkuk and the alleged complicity of police and security officials.
In the article, Mama Hama claimed that he had collected the names of “police brigadiers, many lieutenants, colonels, and many police and security officers” who were clients.
The Kurdistan Region and Iraq have come under scrutiny the local and international organizations and foreign missions for the narrowing the space for the freedom of the press, media and expression.
His commemoration has been put off to July 25 by his family as his assassination date fell on the second day of Eid al-Adha this year.
“Do not puff the word’s lantern so that darkness will not eat away your heads. Do not blind the pen’s iris so that history will not curse upon you.,” Mama Hama said to the authorities before he was assassinated.