Ruling party lawsuit could force independent news magazine to close

first_img to go further RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” May 18, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ruling party lawsuit could force independent news magazine to close The survival of Lvin Magazine, one of Iraqi Kurdistan’s leading independent publications, is threatened by a legal action brought yesterday by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), one of the two parties in the coalition that governs the autonomous region. The lawsuit demands not only exorbitant damages but also the newspaper’s closure.“Kurdistan’s 2007 Journalism Law contains no provisions for such sanctions, which are disproportionate,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Legal actions against journalists for press offences should be brought under the 2007 law, not under provisions of the criminal or civil codes. This lawsuit is a serious press freedom violation, especially as it comes at very bad time for journalists in Kurdistan.”The press freedom organization added: “In the run-up to next autumn’s municipal elections, we appeal to all the media and journalists working in Iraqi Kurdistan to be rigorous and professional in the way they work. This is the only way for them to guarantee free speech and media freedom.”The KDP’s legal action, filed yesterday before a court in Erbil, names Ahmed Mira as Lvin’s owner and editor in chief, and as a person as defined in Iraq’s 1954 civil code. It demands Lvin’s closure and 1 billion dinars (605,000 euros) in damages for the publication of false information intended to defame the KDP, and asks the court to ban Mira from leaving the country.The lawsuit was brought in response to an article by reporter Jiyar Muhammad in the 1 May issue headlined “Lvin reveals KDP and PUK plan to murder three opposition leaders.” It quoted an unnamed senior member of the KDP’s coalition partner, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), as saying that the possibility of assassinating three opposition leaders as the only way to end a wave of pro-democracy protests was raised at a meeting of the KDP and PUK political bureaux at the end of March.The article said those attending the meeting included KDP leader Massoud Barzani, who is the Kurdistan Regional Government’s president, and PUK leader Jalal Talabani, who is Iraq’s president. It identified the three potential assassination targets as Nawsherwan Mustafa of Change, Salahadin Bahaddin of the Islamic Union and Ali Bapir of the Islamic Group.The article is the subject of a separate suit that President Talabani brought against Mira and Muhammad before a Sulaymaniyah court on 7 May under the 2007 Journalism Law. At an initial hearing held on 13 May, Mira was released on bail of 3 million dinars (1,815 euros) and Muhammad was released on bail of 1 million dinars (605 euros).President Talabani is also suing Kurdistan News Network, a satellite TV station, for holding him directly responsible for the violent methods that the authorities are using to disperse the streets demonstrations in Kurdistan.As already reported by Reporters Without Borders, Mira said in an article on 7 May that he received a direct death threat from Pershmergas minister Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa on 24 April. The minister denied threatening Mira, although Mira recorded the conversation (,40255.html), which has become one of Kurdistan’s most popular news websites because of its detailed covered of events in the region, meanwhile reported yesterday that it was being harassed by the two ruling parties. It said some of its contributors have been forced to withdraw their articles and others have been told they will be killed if they continue writing for the site. The website urged the authorities to respect the constitutional right to freedom of expression and to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that this right is respected.Both the lawsuits against Lvin and the reported attempts to intimidate are part of a campaign by the authorities to harass journalists and media that that have been covering the protests taking place in Kurdistan since mid-February.According to Reporters Without Borders’ tally, since 17 February there have been:- 40 physical attacks on media personnel – 23 cases of media personnel being briefly arrested- 2 kidnap attempts – 5 cases of journalists being seriously injured – 3 lawsuits- 4 physical attacks on news media (Hawlati, NRT, KNN and Payam TV). RSF_en December 16, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts Newscenter_img News February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq Organisation last_img read more

American, Canadian Ships Begin Exercise Trident Fury

first_img View post tag: begin View post tag: ships View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Defense Training & Education View post tag: Trident View post tag: American View post tag: Canadian View post tag: Fury View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today American, Canadian Ships Begin Exercise Trident Fury The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Ford (FFG 54), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111), and ships from the Royal Canadian Navy began Exercise Trident Fury May 3.Trident Fury is a biennial joint and multinational naval training exercise led by the Royal Canadian Navy and is designed to provide mutually beneficial, realistic and relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.“I am very excited that my crew has been given the opportunity to participate in Exercise Trident Fury with the Royal Canadian Navy and other U.S. Navy units.” said Cmdr. Joseph T. Shuler, commanding officer of Ford.The bilateral training exercise is taking place in the waters west of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and was developed by Canada’s Pacific Joint Task Force Headquarters for the purpose of building a strong working relationship between the maritime and aviation forces of the United States and Canada.“We worked with the Canadians twice last year and were greatly impressed with the professionalism and skills they exhibited,” said Shuler.During the exercise, Sailors from Ford and Spruance will participate in many bilateral evaluations including anti-submarine warfare, war-at-sea exercises, daily multi-ship maneuvering and gunnery exercises on a flying target.“This is a great exercise for us,” said Command Senior Chief Joe Lovelace, command senior chief aboard Ford. “It allows us the opportunity to continue training and better develop our Sailors.”Exercises like Trident Fury strengthens the U.S. Navy’s ability to respond to crises and protect the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners.[mappress]Press Release, May 7, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic American, Canadian Ships Begin Exercise Trident Fury May 7, 2013 Share this articlelast_img read more