Threat to free media in Kurdistan- call for international investigation

  • KurdishMedia.com
  • 24/07/2008 00:00:00

The leading Kurdish independent magazine Lvin announced on 22 July 2008 the assassination of the head of its Kirkuk office the prominent young journalist Soran Mama Hama “in front of his own home in the district of Rashidawa in the city of Kirkuk which is one of the quiet districts of that city on 21 July 2008.”

Soran Hama was a courageous 23-yaer old talented professional journalist who had dedicated himself to the issues of the deprived and marginalized people of Kirkuk and investigation of injustice and corruption in the city especially by Kurdish authorities. Soran Hama was threatened with death by Kurdish armed men after publishing investigate reports in Lvin magazine proving the involvement of Kurdish officials in prostitution business in Kirkuk. He contacted CHACK representatives in London ten days ago asking their help to leave Kirkuk for fear of assassination.

In their statement, Lvin magazine holds Kurdistan Region Presidency, Council of Ministers and Kurdistan Parliament responsible for his murder "because the security responsibility of the area in which he was murdered is in the hands of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

We strongly condemn this cowardly terrorist act and agree with Lvin magazine that it represents “a big threat to the free and independent media in Kurdistan region and Iraq “and a spectre that works for the elimination of free media in Kurdistan, which has started to stand on its own feet in the last few years, through the intimidation and assassination of journalists”.

We also support the demand by Lvin for an independent international investigation of this criminal terrorist act to find out and bring the murderers to justice.

We call upon the UN, the US, the British government, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and all organisations and individuals that cherish human rights and free expression to condemn this crime and work for quick international investigation.

CHAK centre, London

Adnan Kochar

Ibrahim Malazada

Dr Kamal Mirawdeli

Dr Rebwar Fatah

Shorish Haji

Dr Mehemed Kayani

Muhammad Hawrami

Fazil Hewrami

Soma Malazada

Meshxel Ibrahim

Mustefa Ebdulla

Luqmani Haji Kerim

Ehmed Mir

Zoran Kocher

Fazil Rehmanzada

Zakyie Piromery

Mehabat Kerkuki

Jelal Mehemed Talebani

Tahir Salih Sherif

Kamal Jamal Mukhtar

Nejadi Haci Braim

Dr Desmand fesnades

Dr Mustafa Zangana

Dr Arthur Rose

Freshta Rapper

Eilian Williams

Gulala Salih

Samer Tabla

Hana Shawan

Aso Ali Faraj

Nawzad Jamal

Adnan shaswar

Nasih Abdulrehim

Shahla Hafid

Khabat Nawzad

Salam Abdula Ibrahim

Aras Abdul Kader

Hishyar Abid

Rezhin Ibrahim

Nazar Jaff

Arez Darapoor

Ronak Shwani

Ronak Ahmad

Mohamad Chawshen

Bakhtyar Karim

Zanko Sardar

Salar Butmani

Botin Gundi

Kazwa Salih

Hajar Khoshnaw

Kawa Perdawood

Rekar Ahmad

Husen Hasan

Qadir Nader

Kawa Amin

Salh Sofi

Pola Aziz

Rechard Watson BBC

Khdir Kurdistani

Rizgar Shwani

Amina Kaka Bawa

Hiwa gol mhamed

Hiwa Nasih

Ali Mahmud

Rasheed Raber

Frmesk Khdir Rasheed

Treefa Khdir Rashid

Hawre Fazil Rasheed

Hawta Fazil Rasheed

Serwer Khaleel Emeen

Faxir Bilbas

Sebah Subhi

Weli Hewez

Tavge Fazil Rasheed

Resheed Cheeman

Fuad Osman

Heme Reshash

Zrar Fazil Hekeem

Staff of Pirde cultural centre

Staff of Prde magazine

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  • KurdishMedia.com
  • 24/07/2008 00:00:00