Iraqi authorities in Nagaf arrested blogger and journalist Aqil
Alghazaly accusing him of accusation of defaming officials through
posting documents on Facebook on November 3rd, 2015.
was informed in detention that he was also accused over a lawsuit he had
not been informed with and totally denies describing the charges as
false. On 3rd November 2015, while entering the Provincial Council to
cover President of the Council Khudair Aljubouri’s interrogation
session, journalist Aqil Alghazaly was surprised with the police
officers arresting him and transferring him to the province's prison.
is believed he was arrested after posting documents on Facebook which
was considered defaming. It is worth mentioning that the Committee to
Protect Journalists (CPJ) ranked Iraq as the “worst country” on its 2014
Global Impunity Index; due to the increase in the number of journalists
killed by unknown assailants.
HRM confirms that actions
by the Iraqi authorities are a violation of international covenants and
agreements concerning freedom of expression and a flagrant breach of
provincial, Iraqi and international laws.
disregards article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which
states everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression;
this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to
seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and
regardless of frontiers.
For its part HRM calls for the immediate release of journalist Aqil al-Ghazali, and condemns the arrest and calls on authorities to give journalists and media professionals the opportunity to carry out their assigned role of uncovering the weaknesses of the state administrative apparatus.