Tag: Iraq

by Oday Hatem

The militant group the Islamic State swept through Iraq last summer, taking over city after city and leaving a wave of destruction of a scale only just being discovered. Even now it is difficult to understand how much damage was inflicted, including on the Iraqi journalist community, where rumors of missing or killed journalists are […] more »

by Hiba Zayadin

It has been four months since the formation of a U.S.-led global coalition to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Hundreds of airstrikes purporting to hit ISIS targets have been carried out since then. Some 60 nations are involved in the coalition, and they have all contributed to the fight in different ways. Yet, ISIS […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Mobile ‘net neutrality’ faces new day of reckoning at FCC (Alina Selyukh & Marina Lopes / Reuters) 2. A groundbreaking new resource to protect journalists from DDoS attacks (Dan Gillmor / Slate) 3. How three 20-somethings built Elite Daily, a site with 40 million readers, with $60,000 (Alyson Shontell / Business Insider) 4. On […] more »

by Hiba Zayadin

Car bombs. Suicide attacks. Assassinations. These words are too often attached to any mention of Iraq these days. The reported death toll in this war-torn country reached over 1,000 in January 2014 alone. Journalists have been, and continue to be, among the casualties. In the first of 2014, Firas Mohammed Attiyah, a 28-year-old freelance reporter […] more »

by Dina Tariq

The U.S. government pumped an estimated half a billion dollars into revitalizing Iraq’s news media after Saddam Hussein was ousted in 2003. It was the first time in three decades that Iraqi citizens had access to a free press, but the current state of news media in the multiparty republic is not what some had […] more »

by Dan Reimold

When Namo Kaftan was 9 years old, his father, a biomedical engineer, brought a laptop from work home to the family’s residence in Sulaimani, Iraq. For Kaftan, now 21, it was love at first boot-up. “I was really amazed to see a new advanced technology like that,” he said. “I guess at that time nobody […] more »

by Mark Glaser

So many times on the Internet, I’ve watched a video clip of combat in Iraq that looks like it was shot by a soldier. I hear some talking, the sound of shooting, screams and yelps in the background. But just as often I don’t have the context of who was filming, why they are filming […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Last week, I wrote about the video-sharing site YouTube and discussed some videos there that appeared to be shot by soldiers in Iraq. The videos are well produced, and show soldiers in the field of combat, with gunfights, explosions and the like all edited to heavy metal and rap music. I had contacted the military […] more »