Category Archives: Journalism

KT under attack – and fighting back

By the Editors: The Kurdistan Tribune (KT) came under a massive ‘distributed denial of service’ (DDOS) attack last night, forcing the site offline for about 12 hours. This was not the first cyber atack on KT but it was the biggest to date. Our hosts – a major internet provider – say it was exceptionally…

Kurdish reinforcements to Kobane and embedded journalists

By a Kurd in Washington: Dear KT, Is it possible that Kurdish journalists in the Kurdistan Region could request that the Ministry of Peshmerga allows a few Kurdish journalists to be embedded with the Kurdish reinforcements which will be deployed in Kobane? This is extremely important as they can report to the world how heroically the…

Turkey Censors Twitter and Websites During Kobani Siege

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D: On Oct. 9, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Lutfi Elvan Elvan stated that Twitter withheld “provocative tweets against Turkey’s national security” during the recent protests. “We faced tweets that threatened our national security, unfortunately provoking some of our citizens and even inviting others, like terrorist groups, to…

Attacked Kurdish TV journalist suspects security services

Statement by Reporters Without Borders: Reporters Without Borders condemns Payam TV presenter Ayhan Saeed’s severe beating by unidentified assailants in Dohuk, in northern Iraqi Kurdistan, on the night of 27 July and calls on the Kurdistan Regional Government to conduct an independent investigation, one that does not rule out the possibility of a link to…

Role of Kurdish Media & Women’s Organizations in Depiction of Kurdish Females: Dunya’s Murder Case as an Example

Aras Ahmed

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad: The brutal murder of Dunya, the 15-year-old bride child, by her 45-year-old husband in the city of Duhok created uproar in the streets of the Kurdistan region. The photos uploaded onto social media websites show the mutilation of Dunya’s body. Her mother says that she took photos that show her genitals…

Kurdish independence dream might turn against free press and democracy

By Kamal Chomani: This is the text of a speech today by independent journalist Kamal Chomani to a meeting held at the Swedish Parliament about human rights and press freedom, organised by Swedish MP Amine Kakabaveh, the 17th February Group and the NINA center: Thank you so much for this honor. I feel terribly humbled to address…

South Kurdistan journalist and a women’s activist to address rights meeting at Swedish parliament

KT News: Independent journalist Kamal Chomani and Kurdish women’s activist Halal Rafe are to address a meeting at the Swedish parliament next week to discuss freedom of expression and women’s rights in the Kurdistan Region. Officials from the Swedish foreign ministry and the foreign relations departments of five political parties are expected to attend the session. Bookmark…

Political propaganda in the name of journalism: RSF report on Rojava

By Rozh Ahmad:  The RSF report on Rojava is anything but an exposé of the reality on the ground. As an independent journalist and videographer, I have been in and out of Rojava since July 2012, freelance reporting for international news agencies, regional media outlets and Kurdish newspapers. As a journalist, I have no interest…

Committee to Protect Journalists seeks meeting with President Barzani

KT News: A Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) delegation is visiting south Kurdistan next week and they have requested a meeting with President Barzani to discuss the findings of their recent report Mountain of impunity looms over Kurdistan journalists. “The Kurdish region has prospered in the six years since our last trip on the back…

An apology to Mr Massoud Hamid

By Karlos Zurutuza: Dear Editorial Staff, I would like to publicly apologize to Mr Massoud Hamid for claiming that he wrote this statement which Reporters Without Borders published on 1 May. In a previous letter, I identified Mr Hamid as the author of the statement, which deals with alleged abuses against Syrian news providers in…

Another on-the-ground journalist questions RSF report on press freedom in Rojava

By David Meseguer: Like other colleagues, I also read the Reporters without Borders report dated 1st May on abuses against fellow reporters in Syria´s northeast and I´d also like to comment on the issue as I’ve been reporting from the ground since the beginning of the conflict in March 2011. First of all, I would like to stress…

Freelance journalist working in Kurdistan responds to RSF allegations against PYD

By Peace in Kurdistan: Reporters Without Borders (RSF), one of the world’s leading media freedom organisations, reported last week that it has recorded a ‘growing number of abuses’ by the PYD against reporters and journalists working in Rojava. They allege that the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the local security forces (Asayish) have been perpetrating…

Mountain of impunity looms over Kurdistan journalists, says CPJ

Report by the Committee to Protect Journalists: We are re-publishing here some extracts from the Committee to Protect Journalist’s (CPJ) comprehensive special report, released today and written by Namo Abdulla. You should also download the CPJ report in full Background “Iraqi Kurdistan may seem calm compared with much of the Middle East, but the media…

PUK locks up journalists

KT News: PUK-controlled security forces have detained two journalists in Sulaimaniyah this week. Hoshiyar Abdullah, manager of the KNN TV channel has been detained in the Serchinar district in Sulaimaniyah city. ‘Awene’ reports that his arrest relates to a KNN TV report about a Iranian Kurdistan Democratic party (KDPI) official. Hoshiyar, an election candidate for Gorran, was…

The Kurdish case of corruption by surname

Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar

By Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar: Kurdish media outlets are often concerned with stories about the sons and daughters of high-ranking officials. The obsession feeds off the general demand for gossip in Kurdistan. We often assume, regardless of whether substantial evidence exists, that the children of Kurdish officials are corrupt simply because of the families they are…