[size=36]Iraq .. Black list of names of aggressors on journalists[/size]
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Iraqi press organizations are working on a "black list" of the names of politicians and armed groups that commit violations against them and assault them on an ongoing basis.
A group of journalists are trying to stop these attacks and reduce them by peaceful and legal mechanisms, in order to reach a stage where the press environment in Iraq is less dangerous.
The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, one of Iraq's leading press freedom organizations, announced on August 22 that it had prepared a "blacklist of Iraqi politicians, government officials and parliamentarians who assaulted or protected journalists."
"We found that the blacklist would stop the persistence of influential figures and political forces," Ziad al-Ajili, head of the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory in Iraq, told Al-Monitor.
Among the mechanisms to be followed by the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, in addition to putting them on the "black list", to file lawsuits against them in Iraqi courts, and then to send reports to the special UN committees, as well as asking international organizations to pressure European governments, the United States and Britain To prevent their hosting at international conferences.
He added that "the inclusion of any name in the list entails communications to international organizations enemies of press freedom."
Al-Ajili revealed that a group of journalists and legal experts are reviewing more than thirty names accused of threatening journalists with death or even displacing some of them from Iraq, as well as armed attacks on some media.
Not only politicians or government personnel, but six armed factions close to the Iraqi government that have committed attacks and abuses against journalists.
More than 460 journalists have been killed in Iraq since 2003, according to the Iraqi Journalists' Syndicate. Reporters Without Borders says the press environment in Iraq "continues to pose a threat to journalists."
The organization considers "journalists in Iraq, victims of armed attacks, arrests, arrests or intimidation by armed groups close to the regime and even regular forces, and the killing of journalists remains unpunished, and the investigations remain without results, as confirmed by their relatives."