Media freedom under threat

In the light of the Information Technology Crimes law before the Iraqi parliament, and the proliferation of attacks on journalists in recent weeks, Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about freedom of information in Iraq. Reporters without Borders is worried about the cyber crime bill, on which the Iraq parliament is due to vote shortly. […]

Reporters Without Borders issued a report:

In the light of the Information Technology Crimes law before the Iraqi parliament, and the proliferation of attacks on journalists in recent weeks, Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about freedom of information in Iraq.

Reporters without Borders is worried about the cyber crime bill, on which the Iraq parliament is due to vote shortly. The law, approved at a first reading last July, represents a real threat to freedom to report the news online. The crimes it covers are far too broadly defined and the penalties are disproportionate.