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After the assassination of the Tigris Channel reporter, a state of confusion and fear prevailed among the Iraqi press workers covering the protests, while a number of them revealed that the threats received by them were continuing, which led to the travel of some workers and others stopped working.
And spread rumors in the recent period that there are lists of liquidation against journalists, media workers and activists in the protest movement, prepared by armed groups. The artist Aws Fadel, who works in the cynical staff of "Watermelon State", was subjected to an assassination attempt carried out by an unknown armed group on December 24, 2019.
Moreover, Ali Fadel, presenter of the program "Watermelon", said, "This attempt, days before the program was launched, is a clear message not to launch it."
He added to "The Independent Arabia" "We heard that there are lists of assassinations that include journalists, journalists and activists in the demonstrations, as well as warnings from people about the names of our names in it," noting that "after the American bombing, incitement to murder began to increase by partisan electronic armies, considering everyone who opposes The government supports the demonstrations as an agent and the Joker. "
Fadel pointed out that "the purpose of these charges and threats is to fuel sectarian sentiments and find justifications for the killing."
He continued, "We were attending a political season on the program in which we talk about our views on the protests."
So targeting Awad Fadel comes, according to his jurisprudence, "because he was active in the demonstrations, and it seems that he was on the list of assassinations, and his attempt to assassinate him was accelerated after the announcement of the return of the program."
He concluded that "the media work in Iraq suffers from the absence of law and the support of the government agencies, the gunmen who carry out the assassinations."
Iraq suffers from the absence of legislation and laws that support freedom of expression in general and freedom of the press and the media in particular. Observers believe that the nature of the political system and the presence of armed factions, as well as the unstable security environment, factors that made press freedom hypothetical and not real.
The media professor at Baghdad University, Hashem Hassan, said, "The journalistic work environment in Iraq and its connection to the security and legislative environment, the nature of the political system and the presence of armed militias, are indications that freedom of the press in Iraq is just a hypothetical freedom."
He explained to "The Independent Arabia" that "the killing of journalists has become regular and official records speak of 400 dead journalists since 2003, including the former chief of journalists."
He pointed out that "the security services did not bring to justice any who was involved in these operations, but rather knew some parties and concealed them for fear of their political and security hegemony."
Hassan and suggested that the assassinations could escalate in the coming period, pointing out that "the reason is due to the political parties feeling a great danger from the protests and believe that the strength of these protests comes from the media reporting them to local and international public opinion."
He pointed out that "the lack of a professional body or a true union defending press freedom is the reason behind the repeated violations, and there are several indications, but the Journalists Syndicate protects some who misuse the press and carry out blackmail and threats."
The series of targeting journalists and media institutions in Iraq has not stopped since the protests erupted, as a series of attacks and threats took place in several media outlets in early October after covering the first wave of protests, while the Iraqi Media and Communications Authority issued a arrest warrant against a large group of satellite channels and radio stations on November 24 ( November 2019.
The incursions, arrests and assassinations of Iraqi journalists have reinforced concerns about the future of freedom of expression in the country.