Monday, January 09, 2006

Freedom on the march!

...Last week a journalist in the Kurdish city of Arbil was sentenced to 30 years in prison for articles he wrote critical of Kurdish regional president Masoud Barzani.

In the southern city of Kut, two other journalists have been charged with defaming police and the judiciary after criticizing provincial officials in a local paper. If convicted, they face 10 years in prison and heavy fines....

Funny, I haven't seen a whole lot of press about this.

I know American right-wingers aren't very fond of journalists who criticize governments, so I wonder if the U.S. right would consider this some of the "good news from Iraq" that the U.S. media won't report....


(More information on those two cases here and here.)

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