TADHAMUN تـضـامـن

Tadhamun (solidarity) is an Iraqi women organization, standing by Iraqi women's struggle against sectarian politics in Iraq. Fighting for equal citizenship across ethnicities and religions, for human rights, and gender equality.

جمعية تضامن تدعم المساواة في المواطنة بغض النظر عن الأنتماء الأثني أو الديني وتسعى من أجل العدالة الأجتماعية و حماية حقوق الأنسان في العراق

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Watchdog Decries Suits Against Journalists

JFO: Libel Charge Silences Iraqi Media; President, Minister Asked to Drop Cases
05/30/2007 5:43 PM ET
Iraqi journalists are targeted with libel suits intended to punish them for independent and critical reporting, the Iraqi media watchdog Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) writes in its recent statement.
Two such cases concern prominent political figures, the JFO alleges. Libel suits are underway in the name of the Iraqi presidency and in the name of the minister of electricity, both of which the JFO demands be dropped.
Below is a full translation of the JFO statement, as obtained by IraqSlogger.
Iraqi Journalists and Their Institutions Suffer from Lawsuits Raised against Them
JFO Demands That President Talibani Abandon Case against Local Paper
Iraqi journalists and their media institutions in Iraq are exposed to libel suits resulting from their criticism of the performance of some government institutions. 17 such suits were filed against a number of journalists and their institutions on the part of government and security officials. The files of four of the cases are closed, and the rest are still waiting for rulings in the Iraqi courts.
Among these cases is the suit brought by the minister of electricity, Wahid Karim, against the newspaper al-Mada. The suit asks that the paper’s editor in chief pay damages of 20 million Iraqi dinars, as compensation for the effect of damages to his “reputation,” because of what one of the editors of al-Mada wrote based on the remark that “It is hopeless to deal with the problems of electricity,” which was attributed to the minister and published other newspapers.
Al-Mada said that it seems logical to be surprised by this (remark), and to wonder: Is the reputation of the minister harmed more because of the article on an inside page (of the newspaper) in which the editor discusses the claim of hopelessness in addressing the plight of the citizens, or is it damaged more by (the lawsuit) that harms the minister’s reputation, the reputation of the state, and the reputation of Iraq?
While we are talking about surprises, the paper added, we may be surprised to learn that the minister did not know originally that there was a suit raised in his name against al-Mada, seeking compensation of 20 million dinars (approximately 16 thousand dollars) for the damages that affected his reputation.
The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) sees in this case an attempt to silence the voices of the free press by pressuring and intimidating it to be wary of what (journalists) publish, or will publish, in all accuracy and credibility.
The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory demands that the minister of electricity respect the freedom to express opinions, and that he accept the professional criticisms of the press, which represents a place where the Iraqi citizen can air his views, and that he distance himself from the pressures that threaten to push the institutions of the press into paying compensation, or threaten to convict the writer of an article or investigative report. JFO demands that the minister safeguard democracy and freedom of expression, and the right of the citizen to obtain information, a sacred right that cannot be abandoned, as journalists are still paying with their lives to preserve their rights and the rights of the Iraqi citizen.
Earlier, al-Mada won a court case that was brought against it last year on the part of the Independent Elections Commission after the newspaper revealed administrative corruption in the commission, and which was considered at the time a victory for the press. The newspaper throughout its reporting was able to reveal corruption and embezzlement of funds on the part of some officials to the courts.
Among the suits that the courts ruled on, with negative results, were the sentencing of our colleague Kamal al-Sayyid Qadir to a 30-year sentence by the court in the city of Irbil last year, on the basis of his criticisms of a number of officials in the regional government, mostly around issues of corruption and nepotism. (The sentence) was lifted after the president of the Iraqi Kurdistan region, Masoud al-Barzani, issued a pardon, which granted his release.

Whereas JFO is still waiting for the Iraqi President Jalal al-Talibani to order the cessation of a suit filed by his office against our colleague Narmin al-Mufti, the editor in chief of the newspaper al-Qal'a.
The suit was brought against the al-Qal'a after it published, in its 34th edition, details on the salaries of workers in the presidency of the republic, which the presidency hastened to deny in a response distributed to the media. Al-Qal'a published the text of this response and the denials, and the editorial committee of the newspaper, under al-Mufti’s supervision opened an investigation with her correspondent who had reported the story. According to what the editor in chief of al-Qal'a said to the JFO, after the determination that the correspondent Salim Hamid Fa’iq had not adhered to the integrity and ethics of the profession, causing embarrassment to the newspaper with the presidency of the republic, the correspondent was dismissed from his work by an official written notice bearing the signature of the editor in chief of the newspaper.
As such, the JFO hopes that the president of the republic, Jalal al-Talibani will drop the legal suit against al-Qal'a, after its commitment to the ethics of the profession and its decisions to prevent any professional failings.
The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) is an independent organization, based in Baghdad that monitors and defends journalists and the freedoms of the press. Its website is

Reporters Without Borders: Four journalists killed in less than a week by armed groups

بيان مرصد الحريات الصحفية الصحفيون العراقيون ومؤسساتهم يعانون من رفع الدعاوى القضائية ضدهم
هيفاء زنكنة رواتب الرئيس ومستشاريه من المثقفين العراقيين المعروفين

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Release Iraqi women hostages, victims of terrorism themselves

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Professor Zaineb Al Bahrani of Columbia University NY speaking at a our meeting on the destruction/damage to historical sites in Iraq

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Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD

Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD
Building of 1 500 massive police station !
From the angle of the photo, it is possible to calculate that the complex is being built at E 396388 N 3785995 (UTM Zone 38 North) or Lat. 34.209760° Long. 43.875325°, to the west of the Malwiya (Spiral Minaret), and behind the Spiral Cafe.
While the point itself may not have more than Abbasid houses under the ground, it is adjacent to the palace of Sur Isa, the remains of which can be seen in the photo. While the initial construction might or might not touch the palace, accompanying activities will certainly spread over it.Sur Isa can be identified with the palace of al-Burj, built by the
Abbasid Caliph al-Mutawakkil, probably in 852-3 (Northedge, Historical Topography of Samarra, pp 125-127, 240). The palace is said to have cost 33 million dirhams, and was luxurious. Details are given by al-Shabushti, Kitab al-Diyarat.
Samarra was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO at the end of June. The barracks could easily have been built elsewhere, off the archaeological site.--
Alastair Northedge Professeur d'Art et d'Archeologie Islamiques UFR d'Art et d'Archeologie
Universite de Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) 3, rue Michelet, 75006 Paris
tel. 01 53 73 71 08 telecopie : 01 53 73 71 13 Email :
Alastair.Northedge@univ-paris1.fr ou anorthedge@wanadoo.fr