Armed clashes and politically-motivated violence make Iraq one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, who are targeted by gunmen with pro-government militias, and by militant opposition groups including Islamic State, which has embarked on a war of territorial conquest in Iraq. The murders of journalists go unpunished and, if investigations are opened, they yield no result. In this hostile climate for journalists, the government often closes down media outlets on the grounds that they are “sectarian” or “not neutral.”

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



156 in 2015

Global score


47.76 in 2015

  • 2
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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