Kurdish regional government criticised for banning reporters from visiting PKK bases

first_img December 28, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today urged the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq to lift a ban on journalists visiting the bases of the Turkish armed separatist group, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). It also called for the release of a correspondent of the satellite TV station Kolsat who was arrested yesterday in Mosul, 80 km west of Erbil, the regional capital.“Kurdistan is one of few regions in Iraq where local and foreign journalists can move about freely without constant risk to their lives,” the press freedom organisation said. “This ban is a serious violation of their ability to report on the clashes in Iraq between the PKK’s fighters and the Turkish army. The regional government in Erbil and the national government in Baghdad must stop blaming journalists for crises.”The Kurdish regional government yesterday banned journalists from going to meet PKK combatants who have found refuge in the Qandil mountains on the border between Iraq and Turkey. Kurdistan Regional Government spokesman Jamal Abdullah said “media reports have led to an acceleration of the crisis with Turkey.” The Iraqi Journalistic Freedoms Observatory said several journalists were arrested near the Turkish border as a result of the regional government’s decision.In a separate development, Fayçal Ghazala, the correspondent of the satellite TV station Kolsat, was arrested yesterday at his home near Mosul by Kurdish security forces and could face charges of “terrorist activity.” He is reportedly being held in the Dohuk police station.The Iraqi news agency Aswat Al-Iraq meanwhile reported that the editor of the weekly Al-Fayçal, Mohammed Mazhar Al-Shaheen Al-Shumari, was freed on 17 November. He was arrested by the US military in October in Tikrit (180 km north of Baghdad) for reasons that are still unknown. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Organisation November 20, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kurdish regional government criticised for banning reporters from visiting PKK bases Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Help by sharing this information News to go further Receive email alertscenter_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Iraq RSF_en December 16, 2020 Find out more News News News February 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

One ticket for both CPL playoff matches

first_imgCRICKET fans in Guyana will get a special treat as the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) organisers have struck a deal with the Guyana government which will see the return of the playoffs here for a second straight year.However, it will be even a more special treat, since it is confirmed that patrons can be a part of the double-header playoff matches with the purchase of one ticket.“The purchase of one ticket will be used for both games,”The playoffs comprise two games – the eliminator between the third-placed and fourth-placed teams, and qualifier one involving the top-of-the-table side after the preliminaries against the second-placed side.Both matches are scheduled for October 6 at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.Meanwhile, the prices are yet to be confirmed locally. However, according to the CPL website, tickets are on sale on line, with US$ 12.00 for the Grass Mound; the South East – Orange Stand US$ 16.00; North West – Red US$ 27.00 and South West – Green US$ 29.00.The two games will bring to seven the number of CPL matches staged here during the 2019 campaign after Guyana Amazon Warriors played three of their home games here at the start of the tournament.They have two remaining matches here on October 3 and 4 against Jamaica Tallawahs and two-time reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders.The winner of qualifier one will book a direct spot in the final set for October 12 in Trinidad ans while the winner of the eliminator will face the loser of qualifier one on October 10 in Trinidad and Tobago, for a place in the final. (Rajiv Bisnauth)last_img read more