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Launch an immediate probe into killing of Kurdish journalists  12.5.2010  
By Baqi Barzani, a longtime contributing writer for  

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May 12, 2010

All over the world, journalists continue to confront harassment, physical torture and death penalty without any accountability. It can stem from honest criticism of corrupt government officials to covering stories in line of duty, especially in troubling war-stricken regions.

On a daily basis, we hear Kurdish journalists and political dissidents being hanged and slain in the worst merciless methods without the slightest reprimand. It does not flabbergast us as much because it goes on and on and more importantly the perpetrator regimes are proven to all of us. Hypocrisy and duplicity of the global community is not something unheard of, either.

However, what is infeasible for us to visualize is that some of these unthinkable mishaps are now increasingly taking place in our own progressive Kurdish society? The number of Kurdish journalists knowingly or unknowingly being killed in Kurdistan is on the increase,
www.ekurd.netraising every ones sense of inquisitiveness. The worst of all, it echoes in global media in an unbelievable velocity and shoddily undermines the credibility and legitimacy of Kurdish Regional Government. It scathes the humanizing image and growing repute of Kurdish people.

What is scandalous of all the most is some unsubstantiated claims lately surfacing in varied Kurdish media that even our own government officials could possibility have been accomplice in carrying out such intolerable crimes against its own citizens? Albeit suspected and strongly believed it is a rumor fabricated and distorted merely for political motives, it is strongly recommended that an immediate investigation be launched by an independent commission to unfold the facts in this respect.

In order to placate public’s growing rage and clarify any misconception if any, the culprits should be sought, brought to justice and their motives queried. KRG’s reservation toward this huge felony may culminate in general public misplacing their faith in our justice system. It will herald the ineptitude and ineffectiveness of our government security forces to maintain law in the country and ensure citizens protections. It will hearten criminals to continue committing similar crimes in future.

Our government is liable to ensure the safety and welfare of all Kurdish citizens and to respect freedom of expression. Kurdish citizens elect government officials and their representatives to stand up for them, to speak up for them and to guarantee their constitutional rights.

Baqi Barzani is a Kurdish citizen of Sought Kurdistan [Iraq]. He advocates the notion of " establishing an independent Kurdish state". He contributes to various Kurdish media outlets, especially

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