Iraq: Continuous liquidations targeting “electronic abusers”...the last but not the least of whom is “Noor BM”
[rtl]Baghdad, September 25, 2023 - After the Iraqi Ministry of Interior decided a few months ago to arrest people active on social media sites who publish bad and inappropriate content, a number of them were arrested and pledges were taken from them not to publish bad content again, then they were released.[/rtl]
[rtl]The Interior Ministry defined this as “degrading content,” but it did not set specific standards or clear procedures, which made this category of abusive activists continue to publish content and misuse the Internet, which many Iraqis consider to be detrimental to their reputation and morals and inconsistent with moral values .[/rtl]
[rtl]In conjunction with the Iraqi authorities’ decision to arrest the abusers, others took it upon themselves to carry out liquidation operations, the most recent of which was the assassination of a person named Nour Muhammad, who knew himself as “ [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] .”[/rtl]
[rtl]Before that, a person calling himself [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] was assassinated . Both Nour Muhammad and Abbas Al-Rikabi are young men, but they appear to have been transformed into females in theory.[/rtl]
[rtl]Even before the Interior Ministry’s decision, many people died as a result of assassinations that also targeted girls, on many charges, including publishing content that insults a country like [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] .[/rtl]
[rtl]Causes of the problem[/rtl]
[rtl]There are several reasons behind the spread of bad content on social media in Iraq, including:[/rtl]
- Weak media culture: Many Iraqis are still ignorant of the dangers of social media content, and do not know how to deal with information coming from these platforms.
- There are a large number of people who misuse the Internet in ways more dangerous than publishing content. This group hides in plain sight and hunts its victims on an almost daily basis.
- Lack of censorship: There are no strict laws or regulations regulating social media content in Iraq, making it easy to spread offensive or immoral content.
- Political division: Political divisions in Iraq contribute to the problem, as some activists use social media to spread content aimed at insulting others or fueling hatred.
[rtl]There are several treatments that can help limit the spread of bad content on social media in Iraq, including:[/rtl]
- Promoting media culture: The Iraqi authorities must launch awareness campaigns to inform citizens of the dangers of social media content, and how to deal with information received from these platforms.
- Enacting strict laws and regulations: The Iraqi authorities must enact strict laws and regulations regulating social media content, and increase penalties for violators.
- The Iraqi authorities should take the following measures to limit the spread of low-level content on social media in Iraq:
- Forming a national committee to supervise social media content, and setting clear standards to determine what is considered offensive content, or as the Interior Ministry calls it, “degrading content.”
- Encouraging media outlets to publish meaningful and constructive content that contributes to enhancing culture and community awareness.
- Educating citizens about the dangers of social media content, and how to deal with information received from these platforms.
- Strengthen literacy campaigns, especially since most of the abused activists have not even completed primary school.
[rtl]The spread of poor content on social media in Iraq poses a serious threat to society, and requires the Iraqi authorities and civil society to work together to reduce this problem.[/rtl]
[rtl]Not only that, but local media outlets host such categories and call them “artist” and “artist”! And they must curb such trivial programs, to the point where one of the channels hosts singer Sajida Obaida, and describes her as an artist, to ask her about the meaning of her song. Who sings in amusement parks, “A look for my mother when I go, the hookah broke”?![/rtl]
[rtl]Finally, we do not blame people or abusers, but rather we blame those in charge.[/rtl]
[rtl]If you build a school, you will close a prison...[/rtl]
[rtl]If you build a factory, you will close a café...[/rtl]
[rtl]If you reform education, you will reform people.[/rtl]
[rtl]From: Abdul Rahim Al-Mudarres[/rtl]
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