Under fire: Reporting on elections in Iraq

Iraqi journalists continue to face great risk trying to report their stories. According to Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, 188 journalists and media workers have been killed, and 78 kidnapped since March 2003. Hundreds more have been forced into exile, where many continue to report.

A new wave of violence against journalists swelled during last month’s national elections. Some observers called it the most “harrowing” period for journalists since the start of the recent war in Iraq.

Leading Iraqi reporters and civil society activists will share their experiences at a public event in Ottawa on April 20th. The discussion will also explore Canada’s potential contributions to building and strengthening independent media in Iraq.

Panellists include:

· Farah Jafar Baqer - Al-Nass Radio in Baghdad
· Zuhair Al-Jaziary - Aswat al-Iraq press agency
· Sajid Ahmad Karim - AL-Adala newspaper
· Shemira Odisho - League of Iraqi Women

This panel discussion is jointly hosted by Alternatives and Canada’s International Development Research Centre. The visit of these speakers is made possible through a contribution from the Canadian International Development Agency.

The event is free but seating is limited, SO PLEASE REGISTER.

Arabic, French and English simultaneous interpretation will be available.

Information: 613 696-2075

From 20 Apr 2010
Until 20 Apr 2010
IDRC, 150 Kent Street, 8th floor, Ottawa, ON
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