Letter from Hawali's editor-in-chief to US Congressmen regarding freedom of expression in Kurdistan

  • KurdishMedia.com - By Kamal Rauf
  • 12/05/2010 00:00:00


Kamal Rauf

Editor in-Chief

Hawlati Newspaper

May 10, 2010


The Honorable Lincoln Davis

American Kurdish Caucus<

United States House of Representatives

410 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515


The Honorable Joe Wilson

American Kurdish Caucus

United States House of Representatives

212 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressmen Davis and Wilson:

We would like to draw your attention to an unlawful incident that occurred in Iraqi Kurdistan. On May 4th, 2010, the Kurdish student journalist Sardasht Osman was the victim of a targeted killing. He was kidnapped from his school, Sallahadin University, by a group of gunned men, and his body was found on May 6th, 2010 in the suburbs of the Mosul province.

The ruling parties in the region have reached an agreement to undo the freedom of expression in Kurdistan. Independent journalists are in the receiving end of harassment, threats, verbal abuses and physical attacks. These incidents are documented by international organizations, including Reporters without borders.

We as free press in Kurdistan strongly condemn these uncivilized attacks and confirm that such actions will not restrict our commitment to fight corruption and the abuse of power by the ruling parties and to transform our region to a democracy.

As co-founders the American Kurdish Caucus, I would like to ask your honors what actions will you take as response to these incidents against the freedom of expression in Kurdistan? Do you as members of the US Congress and the American Kurdish Caucus endorse the Kurdistan Regional Government campaign to tackle the free press?

Sincerely,

Kamal Rauf

  • KurdishMedia.com - By Kamal Rauf
  • 12/05/2010 00:00:00