SULAIMANI – Three members of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) refuse a video footage released by the council on Thursday (March 4) showing five detained Badinan journalists and activists confessing to “spying."
In a video footage, the KRSC accused five journalists and activists, who were sentenced to jail in Erbil last month, of “spying” to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and “taking pictures of forbidden places,” “releasing information about the movement of the security forces,” and “receiving money from the PKK for exchanging information about the security agencies.”
“Any publication without our awareness and our confirmation, won’t be considered formal and won’t represent the publications of the security council,” three members of the KRSC said in a written statement.
The 25-minute video footage, which was first released by the media outlets affiliated to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), came 17 days after a six-year prison sentence was issued against the detainees on charges of “endangering the national security of the Kurdistan Region,” sparking outrage on social media and among human rights activists.
“The Kurdistan Region Security Council is affiliated to the Kurdistan Region presidency, it has official publication channel and it is consisted of five members, but we as three members of the council are not aware of the reports and confessions released in the name of the security council,” the three council members said.