August 8, 2009

Kurdish Media in 2009 – By Harem Karem

During late 19th century the Kurds began producing literature and the first Kurdish news paper was published by Badirkhan family in 1898 called “Kurdistan”, Miqdad Medhat Badirkhan was the editor of Kurdistan news paper at that time. 111 years after, the Kurdish media is expected to be very sophisticated and more advanced than any other country in the surrounding area.

In 2009 there are many Kurdish TV stations; Newspapers, Magazines and websites, but unfortunately the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has controls over media to a large extent. Similar to the former Iraqi regime the KRG do not tolerate any criticism and actually expects the Kurdish Journalists to show gratitude toward Barzani and Talabani families.

How the absence of free media helped idolize Saddam Hussein for 35 years, it’s been exactly the same for the past 18 years with PUK and PDK leaders and helped them hide years of their pointless civil war, also billions of dollars have been disappeared while Barzani was taxing Iraqi oil exports from Kirkuk through Turkey since early 90s during the UN oil-for-food program.  

On the 2-08-09 the current autocratic, nepotistic, corrupted and incompetent Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) did not allow the KNN correspondents to enter the press conference room at the Dukan summer resort during the Maliki, Talabani, Barzani meeting, by doing this they made it absolutely clear that they are totally against a democratic society and free media.

The “KNN” and ‘Rozhnama”  responsibilities to the public have always come before any they bear towards a third party and they are both part of ‘Wisha” company which is owned by Nawshirwan Mustafa the leader of “Change List” in southern Kurdistan. These journalists have always carried out their journalistic duties in an independent manner, and in accordance with required quality standards, and have been able to count on general conditions adequate to the exercise of their profession.

By now Hawlati, Awena, Rozhnama and a few others have proven to the Kurdish public that when they gathers, selects, edits, interprets and comments on information are ruled by general principles of fairness in their honest treatment of sources and the public, unlike others in the region working directly for a specific political party.

Among any civilized society Journalists have certain rights in order to carry out his/her duties. The right to information, together with freedom of expression and criticism, is one of the fundamental liberties of every human being. The rights and duties of journalists devolve from the public’s right to have access to facts and opinions.


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