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 Anti-corruption Kurdish journalist gunned down in Iraqi Kurdistan

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Anti-corruption Kurdish journalist gunned down in Iraqi Kurdistan  6.12.2013   


Kawa Germyani was the editor of the magazine Rayal and a correspondent for the newspaper Awene, He has been buried on Friday morning in Kalar graveyard, Kurdistan region, Iraq. Photo:   See Related Articles
December 6, 2013

SLÊMANÎ, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',— Gunmen shot dead a magazine editor investigating corruption in the autonomous Kurdistan region, the latest in a series of attacks on journalists in Iraq, media rights groups and police said Friday.

Kawa Ahmed Germyani, the editor-in-chief of Rayal magazine and a correspondent for Awene newspaper, was gunned down on Thursday night, said Rahman Ghareeb, an official from Kurdish media rights watchdog Metro Centre.

A police captain confirmed Germyani had been killed.

Ghareeb said that Germyani, 32, was shot in the head and chest in front of his mother at his home in the town of Kalar, which lies south of Iraqi Kurdistan's second-biggest city Sulaimaniyah.

Germyani had received threats, and he was taken to court by politicians and officials over his work to uncover corruption, Ghareeb said.

"We are appalled by Germyani's murder and offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and colleagues," media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in a statement.

"A professional journalist who covered corruption and nepotism in Iraqi Kurdistan, Germyani knew he was in danger and had told the region's authorities about the threats he had received," the group said.

"His murder could have been avoided if they had taken the necessary measures to protect him."

Kawa had been involved in disputes with local Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leaders because of his investigative reporting and recently he registered a complaint with Garmyan police against one PUK official. Previously he had appeared in court for publishing the photo of an official in a report on corruption.


RSF added that it is "worried about the very dangerous climate for journalists both in Iraqi Kurdistan and the rest of Iraq, and about the impunity enjoyed by their attackers and killers."

Iraq has come in for repeated criticism over shortcomings in media freedom, and ranks first in the Committee to Protect Journalists' Impunity Index, which tracks unsolved murders of journalists.

And while Kurdistan region in the north often promotes itself as safer and more respectful of human rights than the rest of Iraq, it has been sharply criticised by rights groups for infringing on free speech.

A Kurdish academic Dr Abdul Al-Sattar Tahir Sharif, 74, was killed in March 2008, just 10 days after he wrote an article in the Kurdish-language monthly Livin criticising Kurdish leaders for not pushing harder for Kirkuk city's incorporation into the autonomous Kurdish region.

In July 2008, gunmen killed the Kurdish journalist Soran Mama Hama in in the Rasheed Awa village, near the northern city of Kirkuk. Soran Mama Hama was a reporter for the independent Kurdish-language magazine Lvin.

Sardasht Osman, a Kurdish journalist killed in May 2010, after writing a scathing article about the alleged corruption of Kurdish leaders. He had written articles critical of the rule of Kurdistan regional president Massoud Barzani. In one of Osman's most critical articles, headlined "I love the daughter of Massoud Barzani"

In October 2013, gunmen attacked Shaswar Abdul wahid in a drive-by shooting in Sulaimaniyah [Slêmanî], wounding the prominent businessman who had received death threats and whose independent NRT Television had been attacked twice in the past.


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