The Iraqi media three months after the war : a new but fragile freedom

first_img Receive email alerts July 23, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The Iraqi media three months after the war : a new but fragile freedom December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News Organisation News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq Reporters Without Borders called today for speedy action to replace restrictive media regulations imposed by the US and British forces occupying Iraq with clear and coherent laws.In a report on developments in the three months since the US-British takeover of the country, it welcomed the vigorous revival of the media after three decades of grim repression under President Saddam’s regime, but expressed fears the new freedoms could be eroded if resistance grew to the occupying forces.It also called for the ill-defined powers and structure of the Iraq Media Network (IMN), set up by the US as part of the post-war media, to be rapidly and clearly spelled out.The press freedom organisation noted that after an especially deadly war for journalists (10 killed, at least 10 wounded and journalists Fred Nérac and Hussein Osman still missing), working conditions in Iraq were still perilous and attacks on the media were continuing.These have included US troops ransacking the Baghdad offices of Al-Adala, organ of the country’s main Shiite political party, Iraqi police arresting a crew of the pan-Arab TV station Al-Jazeera as they were filming an anti-US demonstration, the point-blank-range shooting death of a freelance British cameraman in central Baghdad and the killing of the Mosul bureau chief of a Kurdish TV station in an armed clash.It noted that the British army had only in the past two weeks begun searching for traces of Nérac and Osman, who worked for the British TV network ITN, near where they disappeared in southern Iraq on 22 March.The 3,800-word report, after a fact-finding mission earlier this month, describes the Iraqi media’s radical transformation since the US capture of Baghdad into a prolific written press in full flower, with at least 85 different newspapers and magazines. Dozens of once-banned cybercafés have opened too and shops selling satellite TV receiver dishes, also banned by Saddam Hussein, are doing a roaring trade all over the capital. There is less diversity in the broadcast media, but some new radio and TV stations have been set up, notably an AM and FM radio station, TV station and a daily paper, Al-Sabah, all of them funded and supervised by the US-controlled Iraqi Media Network, which has also taken over from the old information ministry and plans to build up a state media.Journalists told the Reporters Without Borders mission they were still censoring themselves, even though they openly criticise what many call “the occupation forces.” A decree dealing with “inimical media activity” issued in early June by the country’s US civilian administrator, Paul Bremer, bans incitement to violence against the US-British “Coalition” forces, as well as incitement to “ethnic and religious hatred” – vague terms whose interpretation by the US authorities could be used to crack down on the local media.The general lawlessness also threatens Iraq’s newly-free journalists. Although only the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdish Democratic Party have been allowed to keep their militias, journalists fear reprisals from supporters of other political parties used to settling disputes by violence. Some politicians routinely accuse journalists who criticise them of being saddamiye (wanting Saddam’s return) and the messages thought to be from Saddam broadcast recently by Arab satellite TV stations have revived fear of the dictator, who is still very present in people’s minds. See full report RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News Reporters Without Borders, which has just visited Baghdad, is issuing a report on the freedom of the Iraqi news media three months after the end of the war. Mushrooming print media, Internet and satellite dishes testify to real diversity of news and information but this new freedom is threatened by violent crime and restrictions imposed by the coalition forces. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News February 15, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further December 16, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”last_img read more

Man admits setting fire to Killaloe nursing home

first_imgJames Sherlock, who arrived at court in a wheelchair, pleaded guilty to arson under Section 2 of the Criminal Damage Act at the nursing home on August 20, 2010Margaret O’Gorman died while residents were being moved to safety after the blaze was discovered.The inquest concluded that her death was the result of an acute heart attack and a contributory factor was a narrowing of the main heart valve – and that there was no sign she died as a result of the fire.Ennis Circuit Court today heard that James Sherlock is currently living in a care home and Judge Gerald Keyes remanded him on bail for sentencing tomorrow.Above: The Lakes Nursing Home in Killaloe. Advertisement Twitter Print WhatsApp A 22-year-old disabled man has admitted to causing a fire at a nursing home in Killaloe during which a 95-year-old woman died.James Sherlock of Childers Road, Ennis appeared before Ennis Circuit Court today in connection with the incident at the Lakes Nursing Home, Hill Road, Killaloe over two years ago. An inquest last year found the 95-year-old resident Margaret O’Gorman did not die from the effects of the blaze but of natural causes.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Facebook NewsLocal NewsMan admits setting fire to Killaloe nursing homeBy admin – February 20, 2013 719 Email Linkedin Previous articleFitzgibbon Cup exits for Limerick pairNext articleHotline appeal over information on missing Limerick man adminlast_img read more

12-Year-Old Son Of Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Debuts With Korn For South American Tour [Videos]

first_imgKorn hit Bogotá, Colombia, last night, kicking off their South American tour with Tye Trujillo, the twelve-year-old son of Metallica’s Robert Trujillo. The little bass prodigy was tagged in to replace Korn’s long-standing bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu for the South American leg of the tour due to “unforeseen circumstances,” though Arvizu will rejoin the group for the North American leg of the Serenity of Suffering tour. Fans in Colombia did not seem to mind the debut of Arvizu’s replacement, however; Trujillo proved himself as a skilled musician despite his young age. You can watch videos of the younger Trujillo shredding with Korn below, all courtesy of Juan Sebastián Rodríguez Isáziga.last_img

Reps to CFPB: Higher HMDA exemption level, less ‘adverse impact’

first_imgNineteen members of the U.S. Congress–all members of the House Financial Services Committee–wrote to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray this week expressing numerous concerns about the impact on consumers of recently finalized requirements under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).The CFPB finalized new reporting requirements in October, which CUNA believes will add to the already heavy reporting burden faced by credit unions.“In light of the potential of the new rule to reduce consumer access to mortgage credit, we write to request that the CFPB provide analysis on the effects of applying higher exemption thresholds based on an institution’s annual mortgage origination volume,” the letter reads. “Higher thresholds would help alleviate the potential adverse impact of the final rule.”The CFPB’s rule exempts institutions originating less than 25 closed-end mortgages and fewer than 100 open-end lines of credit in each of the two preceding years, which covers roughly 1,400 estimates, according to the CFPB. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more