No independent reporting coming out of Al-Anbar province

first_img RSF_en February 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is worried by the news blackout on events in the western province Al-Anbar, especially the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, since 4 January, when government forces began an offensive in the region.Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki’s government is trying to control the production and dissemination of news reports about the fighting in Fallujah and Ramadi between the regular army and militias affiliated to Al-Qaeda and tribal groups. The few reports coming out of the region are all from government sources.“The deplorable security environment for journalists, who are under threat from all sides, prevents them from working properly,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We urge the Iraqi authorities and the other forces on the ground to give reporters access to the fighting in Fallujah and Ramadi and to provide them with protection. In view of the complexity and impenetrability of the current situation, coverage of the fight by independent journalists is essential.”Although no act of violence against any journalist has so far been reported, journalists in Fallujah and Ramadi are refusing to cover the fighting because they fear reprisals by both government troops and the armed groups.According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, many journalists and known activists have fled the province for fear of being targeted in connection with their work.Working as a journalist has again become very dangerous in Iraq, where about ten media personnel have been murdered in the past three months. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” to go further December 16, 2020 Find out more News Organisation News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa January 9, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 No independent reporting coming out of Al-Anbar province Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more News Newslast_img

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